6 weeks post-tragedy, Seattle friends of Chapel Hill victims share their reflections

Six weeks after their friends' Chapel Hill shootings, Zeinab Abrahim and Sophia Malik reflect on the inspiring lives of Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha.
Mar 25, 2015

Hundreds in Seattle gather to honor lives of Chapel Hill shooting victims

Seattle honors Chapel Hill shooting victims Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.
Feb 15, 2015
Solomon Dubie is raising money to turn his Rainier Mini Mart into a cafe that will serve Ethiopian-style coffee.

Store owner dreams of adding Ethiopian coffee traditions to Seattle’s java scene

“This was one of the first forms of brewed coffee ever, ever. That’s amazing to me,” says Rainier business owner Solomon Dubie.
Feb 12, 2015

The cost of family separation

Three years ago, I left my life in rural Malawi — and 15 bouts of malaria — to return to the states with my son.
Jan 6, 2015
Migrant farm workers in the tomato fields of Immokalee, Fla., where advocacy led to a Fair Food agreement with major food chains. (Still from FoodChainsFilm.com)

What can Sakuma workers on strike learn from ‘Food Chains’?

Connecting the field to the grocery store proved to be the best means to achieve labor gains for migrant farmworkers.
Jan 2, 2015
Tukwila City Council Member De'Sean Quinn talked about how his city is a "hotspot" where people of color are impacted by climate change and other factors affecting health and economic status of minorities. (Photo via Gov. Jay Inslee's Flickr)

Gov. Inslee’s ‘polluter pays’ proposal a step toward climate justice

Days after the governments of the world convened in Lima to set the stage for the next big United Nations climate change conference, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a plan that would bring our state in line with 39 other programs around the world and put a price on carbon.
Dec 23, 2014
The turnout at Highline College at an informational event earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of NWIRP)

Opportunities, challenges await immigrant parents eligible for Obama’s deferred action

“These work permits have an expiration date to them,” said Corona, who also heads the Washington Dream Act Coalition. “It's an obvious and clear thing for an employer who may start questioning the longevity of someone they are about to make an major investment in.”
Dec 17, 2014
Anske holding her book, 'Irkadura', about a Russian mute with special powers. (Photo courtesy Ksenia Anske)

Ksenia Anske writes her way onto Amtrak with fantasy

Ksenia Anske seems to have a respectable mantra for everything. On keeping up with the dying book industry:  “Just give it out for free.” On accepting praise: “Take the f*cking donut.” On children’s books: “Adults should read them, too!” On the digital age: “What’s everyone so stressed out about?” Most importantly, when life hands you […]
Dec 16, 2014
Chef Shota Nakajima makes a 30-minute, daikon festooned masterpiece at Seattle’s inaugural “Itadakimasu” Day celebration in Pioneer Square. (Photo by Suzi Pratt)

Seattle top chef throwdown sends winner to Washoku World Challenge

Seattle chefs Shota Nakajima of Kappo Kitchen and Aaron Pate of Shiro’s Sushi went head-to-head at a cook-off on Dec. 11 at The Kitchen by Delicatus in Pioneer Square.
Dec 15, 2014
Detainees left their marks on the walls of the building’s outdoor recreation courtyard using melted roofing tar. Many left their names and from where they emigrated. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)

Detainees memorialized at old INS building

Walking into the Inscape Arts and Cultural Center didn’t feel quite like I thought it would. The building looks more like a school or a train station than the former home of United States Immigrant Station and Assay Office. But that’s exactly what it is. This past Sunday, Dec. 7, Inscape opened “Voices of the […]
Dec 10, 2014
Dancers perform a traditional Peruvian number last December at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

De Inga y Mandiga rising in Seattle

It’s that time of year again. The leaves that fall have fallen, downtown is wrapped in lights and El Centro de la Raza is selling Christmas trees. For many, now is a time for family, food and holiday traditions. For artist and anthropologist Monica Rojas, it’s a time for music, education and celebration with the […]
The boy who painted this visual story dreamed of a world where impoverished ethnic Burmese villagers were considered as worthy of human rights as wealthy city dwellers. (Image courtesy of Erika Berg)

Young refugees from Burma speak through art

By 2009, Burma became our state's largest refugee community.
Nov 19, 2014
YouthCAN participants cook Korean food for elders at the International Community Health Services during the Summer 2014 culinary arts session. (Photo by Minh Nguyen)

API youth find voices through art and community

Over the last decade, the YouthCAN program of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing) has been offering opportunities to 15-to-19-year-olds of Asian Pacific Islander heritage to engage in their communities and find their true voices through explorations in art.
Oct 11, 2014
Mayor Murray announced OIRA initiatives yesterday morning at City Hall, with new OIRA director Cuc Vu, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim (far right) and members of the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission looking on.

Mayor Murray proposes rollout of services for immigrant and refugee empowerment

Yesterday morning, Mayor Ed Murray announced $680,000 of new proposed investments to support Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities, which now make up every one in five city residents.
Sep 18, 2014

Washington prepares for 600 unaccompanied minors from Central America

Preparations are underway for local organizations to provide support for the 600 minors who may arrive in Washington in coming weeks.
Jul 24, 2014
API Flying Bookshelf organizers gather a crowd of about a couple dozen at their July 17 launch party at Eastern Cafe. From left to right, co-curators Minh Nguyen and Chris Woon, and co-founders Sabrina Chen and Derek Dizon. (Photo by Tuyen Than)

API Flying Bookshelf gets its wings, seeks new landing spot

"...a space for us to shape our own identity in our own words, histories and expressions, rather than being told what “Asian” means by an outside, predominately white perspective."
Jul 21, 2014
"American Dresser," 2014 by Thuy-Van Vu. Image courtesy of G. Gibson Gallery.

Thuy-Van Vu paints the extraordinary lives behind ordinary objects

While some artists seek to capture the extraordinary, Thuy-Van Vu is more concerned with the mundane — but just as revealing — objects of our lives. The paintings in her newest show at G. Gibson Gallery showcases domestic, archaic items like stools, clunky dressers and typewriters. These objects, usually found amidst the other clutter in […]
Apr 2, 2014
Since 1992, Satya Nadella has brought Microsoft engineering expertise, business savvy, innovation and the ability to bring colleagues together, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Photo from TechAttack.my)

India-born innovator Satya Nadella takes the helm at Microsoft

Yesterday was a historic day for Microsoft with Satya Nadella’s appointment as the company's new CEO.
Feb 5, 2014
More than 500 Muslim Americans gathered in the state capitol in Monday to send a clear message to the Legislature: protect low-income housing, pass the DREAM Act and vote against invasive drone surveillance. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

Muslim Americans flex muscle in Olympia, press for minority rights

Hundreds of Muslims from around Washington gathered at the state capitol Monday with clear messages for their legislators.
Jan 21, 2014

Marvel debuts first Muslim heroine to headline a comic series

G. Willow Wilson, Seattle author of the new Marvel Comics series released next month, explains how a typical Pakistani-American teen and her alter ego Ms. Marvel should be everyone’s all-American hero.  
Jan 2, 2014