OneAmerica hosted a youth rally for immigration reform this past spring. Tensions have risen from conflating the unaccompanied minor issue with immigration reform, at large. (Photo courtesy OneAmerica)

Washington prepares for 600 unaccompanied minors from Central America

Preparations are underway for local organizations to provide support for the 600 minors who may arrive in Washington in coming weeks.

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Categories: Columnists, Featured, Immigration, Politics

Delta’s inaugural flight to Hong Kong from Sea-Tac Airport in June. (Photo by Don Wilson/Port of Seattle)

Delta and Alaska fighting for Seattle’s gateway to Asia

Delta’s inaugural flight to Hong Kong from Sea-Tac Airport in June. (Photo by Don Wilson/Port of Seattle)

Delta’s inaugural flight to Hong Kong from Sea-Tac Airport in June. (Photo by Don Wilson/Port of Seattle)

By the end of this year, Delta officials say Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will see the addition of 96 flights to 33 destinations, including Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as many domestic flights.

Delta and Alaska Airlines are both bidding for more market share, resulting in overlapping flights on routes to Anchorage, San Francisco, and other destinations. Already the number of seats offered by Delta has more than quadrupled since last year, up from 700 to 3,200. Most industry analysts see this as an indication that Delta wants to make Seattle as its new hub.

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Categories: Business, Featured, Travel

Performer Christina Sunardi in "Gunung Sari" costume. (Photo by Mr. Sunardi)

Eclectic dances from the Indonesian islands to Seattle

Performer Christina Sunardi in "Gunung Sari" costume.  (Photo by Mr. Sunardi)

Performer Christina Sunardi in full  Gunung Sari costume. (Photo by Mr. Sunardi)

This Saturday, celebrating the unique islands of Indonesia — from Sumatra, Java, Bali, Madura and more — will manifest in eclectic dance performances at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

Malam Budaya: A Cultural Night of Indonesian Dance in Seattle,” produced by Seattle folk dance veteran Astrid Vinje, showcases elaborate and diverse performances by Vinje, Christina Sunardi, Hawwa Djuned and Tikka Sears. It’s a rare opportunity to see the stylistic trademarks of different Indonesian islands on one stage. 

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Categories: Arts & Culture, Featured

Protest against the World Cup in Copacabana on June 12, 2014. (Photo from Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency)

What the World Cup loss means to Brazil

Protest against the World Cup in Copacabana on June 12, 2014.  (Photo from Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency)

Protest against the World Cup in Copacabana on June 12, 2014. (Photo from Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency)

After living in Brazil for over a year, I had mixed feelings on the arrival of the World Cup. Those feelings got even more mixed with the country’s devastating loss to Germany July 8th.

On the one hand, hosting the World Cup brought an incredible amount of human suffering. Lawless land evictions and copious amounts of public spending on stadiums sat uneasily with me. But as a visitor from Seattle in a place where the sport of soccer is revered nearly as a religion, it would be elitist to impose my beliefs on something happening to a country that isn’t mine.

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Categories: Featured, Perspectives, Sports

API Flying Bookshelf organizers gather a crowd of about a couple dozen at their July 17 launch party at Eastern Cafe. From left to right, co-curators Minh Nguyen and Chris Woon, and co-founders Sabrina Chen and Derek Dizon. (Photo by Tuyen Than)

API Flying Bookshelf gets its wings, seeks new landing spot

API Flying Bookshelf organizers gather a crowd of about a couple dozen at their July 17 launch party at Eastern Cafe. From left to right, co-curators Minh Nguyen and Chris Woon, and co-founders Sabrina Chen and Derek Dizon. (Photo by Tuyen Than)

API Flying Bookshelf organizers gathered a crowd of a couple dozen people at their July 17 launch party at Eastern Cafe. From left to right, co-curators Minh Nguyen and Chris Woon, and co-founders Sabrina Chen and Derek Dizon. (Photo by Tuyen Than)

Historically, the plight and accomplishments of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) have been left out of our U.S. history classes. Even some of the most reprehensible discriminatory policies against APIAs such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and incarceration of Japanese Americans in 1942 are easily forgotten. And these past grievances still carry over in micro-aggressions that imply we still do not belong here with questions like “Where are you from?”, “What are you?” and  “You look really Asian in this picture.”

The API Flying Bookshelf, a traveling library taking up temporary residence at the Eastern Café in Chinatown-International District through the end of this month, is a community-driven antidote to this.

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Categories: Arts & Culture

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