Samantha Pak

The audience at Brick & Mortar Books in Redmond listens to authors discussing the importance of representation in stories. Samantha Pak/staff photo

History: The untold stories | Windows and Mirrors

What do we not know about the history of the human race?

The audience at Brick & Mortar Books in Redmond listens to authors discussing the importance of representation in stories. Samantha Pak/staff photo
More than the right to vote | Windows and Mirrors

More than the right to vote | Windows and Mirrors

What does it mean to become a U.S. citizen?

More than the right to vote | Windows and Mirrors
We’re better than this | Windows and Mirrors

We’re better than this | Windows and Mirrors

The effects Trump’s words can have on us.

We’re better than this | Windows and Mirrors
The importance of being counted | Windows and Mirrors

The importance of being counted | Windows and Mirrors

The 2020 Census is coming and that can greatly affect everything from government representation and federal funding.

The importance of being counted | Windows and Mirrors
Proud to be themselves | Windows and Mirrors

Proud to be themselves | Windows and Mirrors

June is Pride month and PFLAG Bellevue Eastside has been supporting the local LGBTQ+ community since 1996.

Proud to be themselves | Windows and Mirrors
Photo courtesy of Nick Wold/Mercer Island High School                                Students from Mercer Island High School’s Margins program met with various nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, including Watts Towers, where they speak with a representative about the organization’s sustainable garden.

Closing the margins | Windows and Mirrors

How a program at Mercer Island High School is helping students affect social change.

Photo courtesy of Nick Wold/Mercer Island High School                                Students from Mercer Island High School’s Margins program met with various nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, including Watts Towers, where they speak with a representative about the organization’s sustainable garden.
Best Buddies include everyone | Windows and Mirrors

Best Buddies include everyone | Windows and Mirrors

North Creek’s new club this year works to promote inclusion and helps students make friends and connections.

Best Buddies include everyone | Windows and Mirrors
Building a community of belonging | Windows and Mirrors

Building a community of belonging | Windows and Mirrors

LWTech is putting in the work to ensure employees feel welcomed on campus.

Building a community of belonging | Windows and Mirrors
The difficulty of aging in place | Windows and Mirrors

The difficulty of aging in place | Windows and Mirrors

Living on a fixed income in an increasingly expensive region is not easy.

The difficulty of aging in place | Windows and Mirrors
In lieu of a perfect world | Windows and Mirrors

In lieu of a perfect world | Windows and Mirrors

Violence in the world will happen but we shouldn’t just resign ourselves to it.

In lieu of a perfect world | Windows and Mirrors
Samantha Pak/staff photo                                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.

Samantha Pak/staff photo                                Two indigenous performers embrace during a break in their dancing in Plaza Coyoacán in Mexico City.
Samantha Pak/staff photo                                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.

Samantha Pak/staff photo                                Maryam Griffin (left) of the University of Washington Bothell interviews art curator Alma Salem during her visit to the school on Feb. 7.
Whats wrong with happily ever after? | Windows and Mirrors

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.

Whats wrong with happily ever after? | Windows and Mirrors
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

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.

Paying twice for their mistakes | Windows and Mirrors
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

When we ban books | Windows and Mirrors

What message does it send when certain stories are censored?

When we ban books | Windows and Mirrors
The default in our own stories | Editorial

The default in our own stories | Editorial

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

The default in our own stories | Editorial