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Opinion: Understand what socialism means for some Asian immigrants

It’s something we see often here in Seattle—candidates and parties embracing socialism, particularly while riding the very valid and important movements in resistance to President Donald Trump. But as socialist themes become popular tropes...

Tongue-Tied: Are We Losing Our Ethnic Language?

It’s a common experience for most Asian Americans: people assuming that we can’t speak English. This misjudgment confronts us on the street—yelled angrily at us and muttered under people’s breath. It can be unwittingly...

Transforming Seattle for the Better

Seattle’s population is expected to grow by at least 120,000 more people in the next 20 years. It’s important for the City to take steps now to make room for all our new residents. If...

Why is Bullying Worst For Asians?

“They were chasing me all year, and hit me in front of my house. I felt very upset and didn’t know what to do.” “When I came back to school they tried to shoot me...

Teatro’s New Show Pokes Fun at Modern Culture

Ling Rui leaps, twists and soars through the air, holding onto just two thin straps hanging from the ceiling. He also acts, sings and dresses up in a chicken suit. If you can’t imagine...

Lets (Not) Talk About Sex

If stereotypical Asian parents drove cars like they doled out sex advice, you’d be experiencing some serious whiplash. “Sex just isn’t talked about. It’s shameful. And then there’s all this pressure to have children, and...

Smart, Successful and…Unhappy? Stereotypes Impact Mental Health, New Study Says

Stereotypes and unrealistic expectations may be harmful to our mental health, according to a new study by a team of Asian American researchers at Texas A&M University. The researchers studied stereotypical and cultural influence on...

Spotlight on a Community Leader: Bea Kiyohara – Leading Change Through the Arts

 Bea Kiyohara is well-known for co-founding the Northwest Asian American Theatre and its earlier iterations in the 1970s, and served as its artistic director for 15 years. After her concentration in drama at the...

Case Study #2: Ron Chew and the Wing Luke Asian Museum

When Ron Chew first stepped up to be the Wing Luke Asian Museum’s executive director in 1991, he was the museum’s first Asian American leader. His personal experiences and close ties with the community...

Spotlight on a Community Leader: Ty Esperanza – A Storyteller Through Dance

 Francesca Ty Esperanza has performed frequently with the All One Tribe dance troupe, a dance production started by Bengie Santos, that explored cross cultural issues by fusing Asian, African, Native American and Pacific Islander...