I know what you’re thinking. How could a virus that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people worldwide be a gift? I take no pleasure in the deaths, suffering, and fear that has resulted from this pandemic. Instead, I have witnessed a rise in people coming together for others, and for humanity. In Washington, […]
A little more than a month ago, the COVID-19 crisis was seen as an East Asia problem. Two weeks ago, here in the United States, it was viewed as a Seattle-centric issue.
As terms like “Chinese Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” and “Kung Flu” are increasingly used by the president and other leaders in our country, so do we see the increase of racially-based hate crimes and xenophobia against people of Asian descent. While President Trump has defended his usage of these types of terms, as “not racist at all,” the impacts on our communities tell a different story.
Dear Editor, As a Fire Commissioner of South County Fire in Snohomish County and Board Member of Snohomish County 911, I am really proud to say that both organizations have been working very hard in handling the coronavirus situation. However, I am really concerned about treatment of this virus at the national level. With President […]
Dear Members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation, The rapid spread of COVID-19 is having dramatic effects on the citizens and institutions in Washington state, particularly in the Puget Sound region, which has the most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country. We appreciate your fast action to approve $8.3 billion to respond the COVID-19 […]
By Sarah E. Baker On March 8, I felt panicked. The stories in my news feed were overwhelming: AAPIs and businesses facing discrimination because of COVID-19, restaurant sales in the Chinatown-International District (ID) plummeting, people being outright avoided in public. Racism is alive and well, my friends. As an organizer, I wanted to do SOMETHING, […]
As the number of COVID-19 cases increase, we all need to do our part to prevent it from spreading and flatten out the curve. The governor recently issued a statewide shutdown, showing us that this pandemic isn’t to be taken lightly. As a person in the Public Health field, I recognize that we wouldn’t need […]
On behalf of Bellevue College, we would like to publicly acknowledge and apologize for the defacing of Erin Shigaki’s art installation entitled “Never Again is Now,” commemorating the issuance of Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt which removed 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast and incarcerated them in concentration camps during World War II. […]
At a World Health Organization (WHO) media briefing last month, Director-General Tedros Adhanom announced that WHO had a new name for the disease now making headlines worldwide. COVID-19. In his remarks, Adhanom said, “Under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we […]
I wish to make some corrections with regards to your “Dealing with a crisis in Chinatown’’ blog in last week’s edition and to the contention that Mayor Jenny Durkan has done more than any previous Seattle mayor. Referring to the Wah Mee Massacre, it was stated that the “Mayor at that time never took the […]