Samantha Pak

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                                Two indigenous performers embrace during a break in their dancing in Plaza Coyoacán in Mexico City.

Lessons from our neighbors | Windows and Mirrors

Traveling abroad is an easy reminder to check your ethnocentrism.

 

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                                Maryam Griffin (left) of the University of Washington Bothell interviews art curator Alma Salem during her visit to the school on Feb. 7.

The soul of history | Windows and Mirrors

Syrian arts curator and cultural advisor shares how art can tell the story of history.

 

Whats wrong with happily ever after? | Windows and Mirrors

The world is filled with the negative; romance novels can be a way from taking a break from it all.

 

From left, KUOW’s “All Things Considered” host Kim Malcolm interviews New York Times journalist Jonathan Weisman about the rise of bigotry in the United States. Samantha Pak/staff photo

Combating bigotry | Windows and Mirrors

Author and journalist Jonathan Weisman visited the Stroum Jewish Community Center to as part of the center’s “Words to the Wise” series.

From left, KUOW’s “All Things Considered” host Kim Malcolm interviews New York Times journalist Jonathan Weisman about the rise of bigotry in the United States. Samantha Pak/staff photo

Paying twice for their mistakes | Windows and Mirrors

Southeast Asians are at greater risk of being deported to countries many haven’t been to since they were young or have never been to.

Tulin Yildiz speaks on the origin and significance of ashure in Turkish culture at Turkcha’s event at the Peter Kirk Community Center in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Dilek Anderson

The sweetness of coming together | Windows and Mirrors

For immigrant women on the Eastside, Turkcha is here to help.

Tulin Yildiz speaks on the origin and significance of ashure in Turkish culture at Turkcha’s event at the Peter Kirk Community Center in Kirkland. Photo courtesy of Dilek Anderson
Skyline High School students and community protest perpetuation of rape culture following ISD lawsuit. Some signs read, “Private Property” with an image of a uterus. Another read, “Blame rapists, NOT victims.” another read, “No More Silence.” Madison Miller/staff photo.

Boys cannot just be boys | Windows and Mirrors

What happens when bad behavior does not come with consequences?

Skyline High School students and community protest perpetuation of rape culture following ISD lawsuit. Some signs read, “Private Property” with an image of a uterus. Another read, “Blame rapists, NOT victims.” another read, “No More Silence.” Madison Miller/staff photo.
Marknisha Hervol, an eighth grader at Environmental & Adventure School in Kirkland, gets her book signed by Fredi Lajvardi during his appearance at the Peter Kirk Community Center. Samantha Pak/staff photo

OPINION: What happens when we believe | Windows and Mirrors

How an unlikely group of teenagers achieved success through the support of their community.

Marknisha Hervol, an eighth grader at Environmental & Adventure School in Kirkland, gets her book signed by Fredi Lajvardi during his appearance at the Peter Kirk Community Center. Samantha Pak/staff photo

When we ban books | Windows and Mirrors

What message does it send when certain stories are censored?

The default in our own stories | Editorial

Senior editor Samantha Pak reflects on what representation in media means to her.

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Freedom to feel safe | Reporter’s Desk

Let’s not forget that July 4 is a day that celebrates the freedoms we have in this country.

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Local women travel to Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon

With so much hardship around the world, Esther Filip, and Bellevue residents Rachel Hile and Jessica Dahl wanted to do their part to help those… Continue reading

Speakers share success stories at Friends of Youth fundraiser

At the Celebration of Youth luncheon fundraiser for Friends of Youth (FOY) on March 15, a common theme running through the various speeches was the… Continue reading

Batali shares penchant for public service at Hopelink Reaching Out luncheon

As a human services provider, Hopelink has helped families throughout King and Snohomish counties out of poverty and into more stable situations since 1971.

Batali shares penchant for public service at Hopelink Reaching Out luncheon

As a human services provider, Hopelink has helped families throughout King and Snohomish counties out of poverty and into more stable situations since 1971.

Eastside immigrants benefit from organizations, county working to improve services

As the immigrant and refugee population in King County increases, questions have been raised about how to best serve them.

Bellevue teen launches robotics-based nonprofit to help youth in the Philippines

In the Philippines, there is a dish called pagpag.

McBride focused on affordable housing, tolling rules and public records | Election

When Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) decided to run for a state legislator position two years ago, it was because she was concerned about what was happening at the state level.

MAPS in Redmond threatened; mosque and police heighten security

There was increased security at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in Redmond Sunday evening after the mosque was threatened.