Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston was one of 10 people inducted last month into the California Hall of Fame. Houston is best known for her “Farewell to Manzanar,” a memoir about her experiences as a young girl in a California internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. Houston compared the racism directed against Japanese Americans […]
David DQ Lee and Karen Vuong featured in Seattle Opera’s 2020/21 season
Countertenor David DQ Lee and Soprano Karen Vuong will debut at Seattle Opera this season, performing as the Refugee and Tina, respectively, in “Flight” next season, February 2021. Lee is Canadian Korean. Vuong is a Vietnamese American from New York. Flight is a 1998 opera based in part on true events.It depicts an omniscient air […]
Lorena González first pregnant Seattle City Council president
On Jan. 7, Councilmember Lorena González became the unanimously-elected president of Seattle City Council and the first pregnant president in its history. González will be leaving for maternity leave starting Jan. 13 and returning on March 23. Her colleague, Theresa Mosqueda, is also currently on maternity leave. In González’s absence, the council will have interim […]
Muckleshoot meets with API community members to teach and discuss
On Dec. 12, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (MIT) conducted a discussion bureau for more than a dozen people, organized by Shiota Services Principal Cindi Shiota and API community member Will Lew in Seattle regarding the Muckleshoot Tribe. The event was held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW). The discussion enlightened and […]
Tukwila’s Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson sworn in by Justice Yu
New Tukwila City Councilmember Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson was sworn by Justice Mary Yu on Jan. 6 at Tukwila City Hall. Yu has been Delostrinos Johnson’s mentor since she was an undergrad at the University of Washington, continuing throughout law school. Delostrinos Johnson also currently works for Yu and for the Supreme Court.
Upcoming Census Bureau recruitment events in King and Snohomish Counties, pays $16–$23/hr
The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting hundreds of temporary Census Takers in Washington in advance of its Nonresponse Follow-up Operation for the 2020 Census. The pay rate is $16–23 per hour. The primary purpose of the Nonresponse Follow-up Operation is to count people in person at housing units who have not self-responded to the […]
6 arrested in killings of 4 men at California backyard party
Police in California announced Dec. 31, 2019 that they have arrested six suspected gang members in the shooting deaths of four men last month at a backyard gathering of family and friends that they believed was a rival gang’s party.
LGBTQ community in India joins in on citizenship law protests
More than 1,000 members of India’s LGBTQ community, rights groups, and their supporters marched through the streets of the capital on Friday to protest a citizenship law that excludes Muslims.
Sierra skeleton ID’d as ghost of Japanese internee Matsumura
A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California’s second-highest peak was identified Friday as a Japanese American artist who had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint in the mountains in the waning days of World War II.
City of Seattle looking for partners to help address policy changes impacting immigrant and refugees
The City of Seattle will be launching Rapid Response efforts to address policy changes that could have significant negative impacts on immigrant and refugee communities. The City has appropriated $375,000 for a one-time Rapid Response Fund in 2020. The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs in consultation with community partners have identified strategies and activities […]