By Kai Curry Northwest Asian Weekly COVID was bad enough. Then there was the rise in crime, the rise in homelessness and joblessness, the rise in racism. From the start, I was afraid to step out of my house lest I be spit on by someone as some kind of a sick joke to spread […]
By Art Wang For Northwest Asian Weekly I finally visited China in 2019, traveling with my two adult children to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Hong Kong. While it seemed we ate our way through China, my son Alex and I also would spend mornings looking at wild birds in the parks. I’ve been a birder […]
Feb. 19, 2021, marked the 79th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, signed and issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942—a day when the U.S. government executed a legal act of racism, the forced removal of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were born American citizens, to internment camps where they were incarcerated throughout the U.S.
Amidst greater awareness of anti-Asian violence, there is now talk of congressional hearings and resumed efforts to pass legislation to bolster federal aid to localities for hate-crime reporting and training.
I didn’t think much of it at the time. I was on the sidewalk outside of my pharmacy, my hands resting warmly in my hoodie pockets, my earbuds muffling the sound of passing cars, and my gaze upon the ground—just minding my own business.
We all hope that our communities, state, and nation will enjoy a resurgence of health, optimism, and healing in 2021.
By Ruth Bayang NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY As I start to resume my social life and re-engage with friends in real life after almost two months in relative pandemic isolation, a popular question seems to be, “What have you been doing?” or “What are you doing lately?” Up until recently, my answer had been, “Not much.” […]
By: Andrew Lofton Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority Stephen Norman Executive Director, King County Housing Authority Michael Mirra Executive Director, Tacoma Housing Authority Mark Gropper Executive Director, Renton Housing Authority As leaders of public housing authorities in the Puget Sound region, we are distressed that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is enacting […]
It can be uncomfortable to look in the mirror and acknowledge, “Yes, I am privileged.”
It has been weeks since George Floyd was lynched by four Minneapolis police officers. The death of George Floyd was preventable, as were the deaths of Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Charleena Lyles, and countless other Black lives who have been lost to systemic racism in the United States. Officer […]