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Washington’s Medicaid Expansion to Yield Net Benefit: Overall Reduction of Uninsured, Health-Care Costs on...

Photo caption: Teresita Batayola, CEO of International Community Health Services (ICHS) and Ron Chew, ICHS Foundation’s executive director, expect good changes when Medicaid expansion goes into effect. On the eve of what appears to be Washington...

State Focuses on Covering High Levels of Uninsured Asian and Pacific Islander Children

Photo caption: A child helps advocate to protect Apple Health for Kids at Children’s Alliance’s 2011 Have a Heart for Kids Day near capitol steps. Photo credit: Jackey Lui. Through the end of June, Washington state...

The Stakes are High: Healthcare on Trial This Election

In the first presidential debate on Oct. 3, Gov. Mitt Romney made a number of misleading, if not outright false claims with regard to the issue of healthcare. First, he believes that the Affordable...

October 11 is National Coming Out Day: Living As a Double Minority

In the 1990s, homosexuals in the small, predominantly white college town of Moscow, Idaho faced the same discrimination barriers they faced everywhere. For Mike Chin, however, growing up as a gay Asian American meant...

The Affordable Care Act and Our Community

Like most communities of color, Asian Pacific Islanders continue to experience worse access to health care than their white counterparts. Immigrants are more likely to work at low-paying jobs and have decreased access to...

Globe-Trotting ‘Touring Italy My Way’ is a Novel Travel Experience

VENICE, ITALY – More than 47 years ago, in fall 1965 as a junior year abroad college student, I made my first trip to Venice.  Last May I returned.  Arriving at the Hotel Serenissima...

Baby Joshua Celebrates His First Birthday After a Harrowing Birth

SEATTLE – Joshua Yu, the second child of Nancy Ko and Evan Yu, celebrated his birthday last week. Notwithstanding his cherubic expression, neither Joshua’s parents nor the two Seattle Police officers who helped them...

Viva Perché No!

A Wallingford Italian eatery specializes in homemade pastas and authentic cuisine. It’s been a long odyssey from Southeast Asia for David and Lily Kong, owners of Perche No Pasta & Vino, one of Seattle’s most popular...

Istanbul: A City Where History Lives On

The legends of Anatolia, Byzantium and early Christendom, and images of minarets, whirling dervishes and caravanserai are what first drew me to consider Turkey as an alluring travel destination. Last September, almost on a whim,...

Carving Out a New Minority District Could Mean Losing an API Voice

Every ten years following the U.S. Census, Washington State undergoes a redistricting process to rebalance each of the state’s 49 legislative districts so they all have roughly equal populations. The task of the bipartisan Washington...