I remember the exact moment I heard the news that the coronavirus had been traced to a city in China. My first thought was that it was just a matter of time before the scapegoating would begin.
After George Floyd’s gruesome killing triggered a national reckoning about anti-Black violence, toxic legacies of slavery, and systemic racism, the recent massacre in Asian-operated businesses in Atlanta has broadened the debate to include endemic anti-Asian violence and hate in America.
By Shomya Tripathy For Northwest Asian Weekly This past year, the Asian community has experienced a heightened level of racism, violence, and harassment. As a result, community members are rightfully fearful of the physical violence they might encounter on the street, at the workplace, or in their homes. As we honor victims and survivors of […]
By Mike Dillon For Northwest Asian Weekly A few weeks after the Biden inauguration, a Japanese American friend was accosted in an Everett pharmacy by two fellows who told him to go back home. In his case, that would have meant the small town in eastern Washington where he grew up. These Covid-scapegoating days remind […]
By State Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, Sam Cho, Port of Seattle Commissioner, and Rich Stolz, Executive Director of OneAmerica For Northwest Asian Weekly Our country is in the midst of a long overdue reckoning with racial injustices and systemic inequality. While those issues have finally moved to the front of our collective focus, environmental justice and […]
Last summer, a diverse group of Seattleites came together out of deep concerns over the serious issues facing our city. We are long overdue to finding solutions to put us on the right track and to our great city’s full potential. We have endured a full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, complete with home lockdowns, […]
As the world confronts the current pandemic, our society finds itself dealing with another alarming issue: COVID-19-related biases that are leading to attacks on the Asian community.
My mother, Rose Kobata, was 9 years old in 1942 when U.S. government agents seized the thriving Seattle flower shop that sustained my grandparents and their eight children.
The ruthless and senseless killing of eight people—including six women of Asian descent in Georgia on March 16—touched the nerves and ignited deep anger inside Asians in the U.S. Through heavy rain, 3,000 people attended the Stop Asian Hate Rally in Seattle just four days after the shooting.
My family and I emigrated from Korea a little over four decades ago. I spent my childhood growing up in the eastside of Tacoma, always being the only “Asian kid” at school and in the neighborhood.