This article is part of a special project between the International Examiner and the South Seattle Emerald to produce content in 2022 addressing Asian and Pacific Islander racism and resilience. This content was made possible by a grant from the Seattle Human Services Department.

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, Friends of Little Saigon and The Mission Continues organized a community cleanup from 11 AM to  1 PM in Little Saigon. An estimated 80 volunteers congregated at Jackson Square and split up into various teams that walked across the Little Saigon neighborhood. The City of Seattle provided plastic bags and trash pickers to use during the community event. Volunteers were invited to support local Asian businesses in the area after the event ended.

All photos by Ronnie Estoque.

An estimated 80 volunteers congregated in Jackson Square at 1200 S Jackson St.
An estimated 80 volunteers congregated in Jackson Square at 1200 S Jackson St.
Students from local universities were in attendance for the event.
Volunteers wait at the crosswalk of Jackson St.
Volunteers were split into various teams that cleaned various areas around Little Saigon.
Volunteers pick up trash at a bus stop on Rainier Ave.
A volunteer picks up a piece of trash at a Seattle Streetcar station on Jackson St.
A volunteer picks up a piece of trash in a parking lot.
Two volunteers pick up trash on Jackson St.

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