By David Della, former Seattle City Councilmember Tony Au, President, Friends of Gee How Oak Tin Family Association Dr. Ming Xiao, small business owner, Chinatown-ID Anna Hau, small business owner and Seniors In Action, Chinatown-ID The Chinatown-International District (CID) is a historic and culturally rich neighborhood of small businesses and residents, many of us immigrants, […]
COMMENTARY: Opportunity for AANHPI small businesses greater than ever in WA
For many entrepreneurs and small business owners from the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities, the impacts of COVID have been devastating.
COMMENTARY: Red envelopes for all Americans: Why Lunar New Year should be a federal holiday
By Ashley Chen For Northwest Asian Weekly Red envelopes are without a doubt my favorite part of being a child during Lunar New Year. Every year for the past 17 years, I’ve received a long red packet with golden Chinese characters printed on top, the perfect snug fit for the 200 yuan my grandparents gave […]
COMMENTARY: Getting asked, “Where are you really from?” is all too common in the AAPI community. It’s time to flip the script.
By Jo-Ann Yoo and Curtis S. Chin There are more than 125,000 Asian Americans living in Seattle, and according to the U.S. Census, a record 22 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Yet, when we are inevitably asked the question, “Where […]
COMMENTARY: Asian food is not a panacea for Asian racism
Like so many first-generation immigrant kids, my elementary and middle school years were plagued by an overwhelming desire to abandon my Chinese roots and embody the platonic ideal of an “American” kid.
COMMENTARY: JACL statement on Afghan refugee crisis
The scenes that have come out of Afghanistan in the last few days are all too familiar to many within the Asian American community, with many people noting the eerie similarity to images from the Fall of Saigon in 1975. Then, just as now, the United States has a duty to help those scared and […]
COMMENTARY: New shelter concerns
The City of Seattle, in partnership with the Africatown Community Land Trust (ACLT), will open a new 125-room, 24/7 “enhanced shelter” at the former Keiro nursing home site.
COMMENTARY: Asian American Studies at Bellevue College
In the article “Invisible Course at Bellevue College Highlights AAPI Advocacy,” published on June 10, 2021 by Northwest Asian Weekly, that highlights the exclusion of Asian American studies from the 2021-2022 Bellevue College (BC) annual class schedule, BC’s Interim President Gary Locke is found saying that the exclusion happened due to a “misunderstanding.”
COMMENTARY: To fight anti-Asian racism, we need to tell our stories
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.
COMMENTARY: The big lie in Volunteer Park
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.
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