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Asian and Black Communities

 
Brian Park is a Korean American artist and software developer.  He read this poem he penned on May 28th, during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  The reading was at Valley and Mountain fellowship’s Set Us Free From Fear event featuring Dr. Cornel West with an address on Table Turning: The Prophetic Tradition in a time of NeoFascism.
 

Honoring the Nikkei Farmers of Bellevue

 
Prior to World War II, Bellevue, Washington was home to a powerful and vibrant Japanese American community.  In 1942 the United States government forcibly evacuated and incarcerated sixty Japanese American farming families from Bellevue.  They were among 120,000 Japanese Americans who were sent to incarceration camps from along the west coast.  
 
After the war, only a handful of these families returned to Bellevue because many of them lost their land and work here. 
 
Local artist, Michelle Kumata and creative director, Tani Ikeda, honor this community with an art display at Bellevue Arts Museum.  It’s titled ‘Emerging Radiance: Honoring the Nikkei Farmers of Bellevue.  
 
Kumata also has a solo exhibit titled Regeneration at Bonfire Gallery in Seattle’s Chinatown International District through April 7th
 
 
 
 
Audio Story Producer: Yuko Kodama
 
Photo: Courtesy of Michelle Kumata Taken by John Lok
 

Black Youth Mental Health

Michelle Williams-Clark is the Eastside Youth Coalition Founder and Executive Director.  The organization is committed to providing Black, Latinx, Youth Of Color with racially and culturally relevant programs, in a safe community where their lives are valued.  Williams-Clark describes how the pandemic has impacted communities she works with and what the youth in these communities need in this time. 

These excerpts are from an NAACP Health Committee webinar on Reducing Anxiety, Stress and Depression During the Pandemic

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Photo: Michelle Williams-Clark

Estelita’s Library

Meet the owner of a Estelita’s Library, Edwin Lando.  The new community library opened it’s doors near the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station. Jim Cantú spoke with its owner, Edwin Lando, about what Estelita’s Library is. This is an excerpt of a KVRU interview

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Incarcerated Women: Impact on the Community

The KBCS series on Incarcerated Women takes a look at the impact of the prison system on local communities as KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Shontina Vernon, a local artist who was formerly incarcerated in Texas, at age 10.

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The Media and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

KBCS’s KD Hall interviews clinical psychologist, Chalon Ervin about how some of us can experience post traumatic stress disorder by constantly being exposed to tragedies in the media.

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Depression in the Black Community

This three-part series addresses common attitudes toward depression in the black community as KBCS’s KD Hall interviews Chalon Ervin, clinical psychologist.

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RedTire: A Solution for Keeping Independent Businesses Local

YES! Magazine’s Susan Gleason speaks with editor James Trimarco about a Solution for Keeping Independent Businesses Local called RedTire, short for the phrase “Redefine Your Retirement.” Included in the discussion is how RedTire functions as a business retirement matchmaking service to help rural communities.

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Unmute the Commute: Ramadan Stories

Ramadan, the month where Muslims fast, is May-June this year. For this week’s Unmute the Commute, we tagged along with some fasting Muslims for their daily commute to the mosque for dinner and prayers. Produced by Hebah Fisher.

Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just One Trip.

KBCS News and Ideas

Discover unique and essential conversations about the people who make up our communities. Explore local social issues, navigate your commute, and explore simple ideas that will help you make the world a better place. The KBCS audio ideas archive is just a click away.

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