The Last Boat Out: Son Michael Pham

“I’m very proud. The term refugee would tell me that we had no other choice. The only choice when it comes to a refugee, the only choice would be the choice of the country or the population to accept the other person. That’s my definition of refugee. And I am very proud that we were accepted, we were allowed to be here, we didn’t want to be here, we didn’t plan to be here. That was the only choice left for us.” –Son Michael Pham asked to define the term, “refugee” Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror, Wing Luke Exhibition 2015 marks the fortieth anniversary of the fall of Saigon. The resulting chaos in

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Belonging: Community Digital Exhibition

HÅLE’-KU dåkot-ta (dakota alcantara-camacho) www.infinitedakota.com Linalai (Chant) Born in Snohomish territory and raised in Swinomish and Duwamish territories, of Ilokano (Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines) and Taotao Håya Chamoru (Mongmong & Tumhom/Tumon villages in Guåhan, Marianas Islands) ancestry, my name is dåkkot-ta (dakota alcantara-camacho), and I am currently living in Lenapehoking (New York City), land of the Lenni Lenape. I sing this lålai chant in honor of the first peoples of the planet, the guardians of the earth awakened and awakening to the indigenous mind. I sing this lålai in honor of the lands I’ve walked through in the footsteps of the ancestors who have embraced mine. I sing this lålai

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Remembering One of Seattle’s Pioneer Chinese Immigrants

One of Seattle’s first Chinese immigrants, Chin Gee Hee, lead a particularly nuanced life. He arrived to Seattle in the early 1860s. He partnered with Chin Chun Hock to start the Wa Chong Company. They supplied many items including rice, teas and more. The company also supplied labor to industries such as the railroads. 12,000 Chinese men helped build America’s railroad system. It is said by Chin Gee Hee’s descendants that he was at the hammering of the Golden Spike. In time he was wooed back to China, to invest in infrastructure that would build China’s future in a more modern, industrial world. And so he built the Sun Ning Railroad Company.

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