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Fish for the American Dream: Vietnamese American family shares the ohana spirit with Seattle...

After almost two months of fighting to acquire the vacant space across from Hing Hay Park, six months of construction, and a little help from their wives for the interior design, GoPoké opened its doors on December 4 of last year. Their grand opening included Hawaiian and Tahitian dancers, lei-making, and music provided by a live DJ. One of their long-term goals is to host an annual community block party in Hing Hay Park with similar Polynesian-inspired performances and activities for everyone to enjoy.

Life comes full circle for new API Chaya director, Joanne Alcantara

Joanne Alcantara’s passion for community organizing and advocating for social justice started early in her life. When she was four years old, Alcantara and her family moved to the United States from Davao City,...

A post-election letter from Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director Cuc Vu

The following is an open letter from Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director Cuc Vu: "Today, many immigrants and refugees across this city and across this nation woke up to an uncertain reality....

Video: A chat with Seattle’s Chinatown Voters at Hing Hay Park

International Examiner's digital media team Rhea Panela and Anakin Fung caught up with a few voters in the International District's Hing Hay Park to talk about the presidential election and how they voted.

First Filipina/Pacific Islander UW student body president aims to raise AAPI voices

Daniele Meñez, a senior at the University of Washington, is juggling a full schedule this school year as the newly elected president of Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW). Meñez has a...

City Council approves Green Pathways resolution

On Monday, October 3, Seattle City Council unanimously passed the “Green Pathways” resolution proposed by Got Green to help recruit young people of color in green careers and build better access to resources like...

Hura•iti Mana brings Polynesian dance to Seattle

Rayann “Ray” Onzuka is a Polynesian dancer in Seattle originally from Hawai‘i with a culturally diverse background—her  mother is Native Hawaiian, Chinese, and Black, and her father is Japanese. When teaching Polynesian dance, Onzuka...

Q&A: Kyu Lee, the UW graduate who made “Gangnam Style” famous

Kyu Lee, a Korean American from Mercer Island, took the world by storm when he introduced K-Pop star PSY to Scooter Braun, the talent manager of Justin Bieber and the British-Irish band The Wanted....

Q&A: Karen Wong, president of Robert Chinn Foundation, speaks about the new grant program

The Robert Chinn Foundation established a grant program to award funds for specific projects in the areas of art, culture, health, and youth development. The program considers requests for program funding in the following areas: art, culture and performing arts, health, and youth development.

Tongan teacher seeks cultural representation in the classroom

Finau describes her work as being a voice for Asians and Pacific Islanders in the community and making sure they have full access to education, business, and healthcare resources in the state. She is currently focusing on incorporating Pacific Islander culture and family involvement in Seattle K-12 classrooms.