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Seattle Histories: Take a Knee

Take a Knee Words and video by Kibibi Monié I was born at Providence Hospital at 8:09pm on October 8, 1948. The Yesler Terrace housing projects is where I got most of my formal training as a performing artist and writer. I have always been a guardian of the underdog in my community. Teaching my neighborhood… [ Keep reading ]

AAPI Heritage Month: International Community Health Services

In the early 1970s, accessible medical care for Asian immigrants was next to impossible and finding a doctor who spoke their language was simply out of the question. The closest community clinic was in Pioneer Square, which was often too far for elderly patients to reach by foot. With construction… [ Keep reading ]

Gardening with family at the Leo Street P-Patch reminds Edenkeo Duangprasert of childhood in Laos

Edenkeo, Leo Street P-Patch What is your ethnicity and how long have you been in the U.S.? I come from a small land-locked country in Southeast Asia called Laos. I am first-generation and the only person in my family to reside in the United States. I left home about 10… [ Keep reading ]

AAPI Heritage Month: Donnie Chin

For nearly four decades, Donnie Chin was dedicated to serving, protecting, and inspiring the residents of the Chinatown International District. His leadership and commitment to public safety brought assistance and resources to those in need and, quite literally, saved lives. As a teenager in 1968, Donnie noticed that emergency response time in the neighborhood was very slow, if there was a response at all. He decided… [ Keep reading ]

AAPI Heritage Month: Sun May Company

Stepping into the Sun May Company gift shop is like entering a portal to history. The distinct red storefront, nestled in Canton Alley, leads you to the oldest Chinese gift shop in Chinatown International District. But Sun May is more than just a store, it is a gathering space, a museum, a collection of the neighborhood’s history, and a… [ Keep reading ]

P-Patch gardener, Rocel, shares her family heritage of farming and the importance of garlic in Filipino cuisine

Rocel, Rainier Vista Sunrise Garden What is your ethnicity and generation in the United States? I am Filipino American. We migrated here. I only have one brother left back home right now. My parents and my two sisters are here, and a lot of relatives-aunties and uncles are all here. It’s… [ Keep reading ]

AAPI Heritage Month: API Chaya

When we asked AAPI staff members and community collaborators which organizations or businesses they would like to highlight this month, API Chaya came up repeatedly. For the past 25 years, API Chaya has supported Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking to gain safety, connection, and wellness. Their work… [ Keep reading ]

AAPI Heritage Month: Tasveer

Too often, the stories and voices of South Asians are not represented in conversations around the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) experience. Tasveer, a local non-profit organization is changing that. The organization was founded in 2002 by Farah Nousheen and Rita Meher, two South Asian immigrant women who experienced hate crimes in the wake of 9/11. For the past two… [ Keep reading ]

Ravenna community gardener Pam Okano stays connected to her culture by growing her own fresh vegetables

What is your ethnicity and generation in the United States? “I am Japanese American, I am Sansei- my grandparents came to this country. I grew up on Bainbridge Island.” How long have you/your family been gardening at your P-Patch? “I started gardening at Ravenna in 1982, the year after it opened…. [ Keep reading ]

AAPI Heritage Month: Aleksa Manila

The dynamic music duo, Sendai ERA, collaborated with ALEKSA MANILA on this short video depicting immigrant roots and national pride from a FilipinX perspective. The music is inspired by the song, “Bayan Ko” (My Country), one of the most recognizable patriotic songs in the Philippines that, because of its popularity, is sometimes… [ Keep reading ]