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.
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 impacts of pollution and climate change on communities of color still need much greater attention.
As King County elected officials of Asian descent, we are outraged by the increase in hate incidents directed at members of our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in this country. A new report by Stop AAPI Hate documented nearly 3,800 hate incidents nationwide during the past 12 months.
It’s been a tough road during COVID, with his operating room being converted into a COVID intensive care unit during his time at the heart of the pandemic in New York.
From left: Protest organizer Seneca Nguyen, 10, and his dad, Matt, at Hing Hay Park (Photo by Assunta Ng)
Meet Bảo Nguyễn and Linh Mai, two Vietnamese American teens who go to the same high school and whose families both own phở restaurants.
I know we’ve all had a really terrible week, and it feels a bit discordant to read frivolous pop culture news. But I hope this column gives you a break from the heaviness.
Taiwanese-Canadian comedian Ed Hill released his first comedy special, which is now available on Amazon Prime and Apple TV+. The special, which was originally scheduled for a live audience last spring, was changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.