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Eric Liu’s Become America and Citizen University workshops work to re-humanize those with polar...

Eric Liu’s recently released book Become America is a collection of civic sermons about how Americans can re-engage as citizens in a time of extreme divisiveness in American politics. Liu’s collection of civic sermons...

UW professor Sonal Khullar speaks at Frye Art Museum on her current book about...

Sonal Khullar, a University of Washington art history professor, is an Indian citizen but a long-term resident, student and professor in the United States. Khullar’s current book project, The Art of Dislocation: Conflict and...

The Third Pillar explores how community control and solidarity are necessary pillars in a...

The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind is three-part look at how modern nations and markets developed at the expense of community control and solidarity. Authored by Raghuram Rajan, currently...

An unheard narrative: One woman’s pursuit of education in North Korea before the...

The development of South Korea from one of the poorest agrarian societies in the world to an urban, wealthy, high-tech powerhouse in such a relatively short time span has caused extreme generational gaps. This...

“In a Day’s Work” documents workplace sexual harassment of U.S. caregiving, janitorial and agricultural...

Bernice Yeung’s 2018 book In A Day’s Work, is an extremely readable yet detailed work that documents workplace sexual harassment and assault among janitorial, caregiving and agricultural workers in the United States. Yeung, a...

No Good Alternative shows Bangladesh is a case study for the existential threat of...

William T. Vollmann’s No Good Alternative (released June 5, 2018) explores human reactions across a range of international contexts to climate-change causing pollutants. Vollmann, a National Book Award winner, spends a lengthy chapter discussing...

Japan after 2011 tsunami and earthquake: Insights into apathy versus adaptivity

The 2011 tsunami and earthquake that hit northern Kyushu in Japan left massive destruction that was both natural and human-created. The images of modern cities and villages completely destroyed, mass death, and then a nuclear meltdown left the world media with plenty of 24-hour news coverage for a number of weeks

The CID’s affordable housing bottleneck

The Chinatown-International District (CID) neighborhood is one of the most transit-rich neighborhoods in the city. Minutes from downtown offices by bus or train, a 30-minute train ride away from Sea-Tac Airport, and a major stop on Seattle’s rapidly expanding light-rail, it gives many residents the freedom to not own a car. Asian grocery stores, restaurants and community centers are a further attraction for many residents. Cantonese and Mandarin-speaking banks, clínics and other services mean non-native English speakers can access necessary services without worrying about a language barrier. Add to this the number of affordable housing options in the CID and the attractiveness of the neighborhood for many lower-income Asian-Americans is second to none

Myanmar: A country frozen in time yet on the verge of great change

Geoffrey Hiller’s 2014 photo book Daybreak in Myanmar skillfully displays the rich light and colors of the country nicknamed “Golden Land.” The seven sections are devoted to displaying photos from a specific time of...

A review of “Verax”: The consequences of mass surveillance move from abstract to concerning...

Verax, investigative journalist Pratap Chatterjee and political cartoonist Khalil Bendib’s recent graphic novel, intricately shows human cost of the U.S. government’s mass surveillance. The book connects the dots about how unmitigated mass surveillance, overreaction to...