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Seattle protesters clash with supporters of ‘homeless megaplex’ plan

  • Unhoused counter-protesters confronted over 100 Chinatown-International District residents protesting against the proposed “homeless megaplex” plan in the neighborhood on Tuesday.
  • “I’m not a criminal. Why shouldn’t I live here?” an unhoused man can be heard saying in a video shared on Twitter by Seattle reporter Jonathan Choe.
  • A woman was also filmed telling the Chinatown-ID residents, “Go back to your country.”
  • The King County Council approved a lease on May 3 to build a megaplex shelter that can house 500 people. Executing the plan would reportedly cost around $54 million.

Over 100 Chinatown-International District residents in Seattle were met by unhoused counter-protesters at a rally in protest of the proposed “homeless megaplex” plan in the neighborhood earlier this week.

The Chinatown-International District residents marched down the street in Seattle’s Hing Hay Park to the King County Council meeting before noon on Tuesday in protest of the proposed $54 million plan to build a shelter – which they refer to as a “homeless megaplex” – for unhoused people.

Man shot dead in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District

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  • A 35-year-old man was shot dead at the intersection of 13th Ave. South and South Lane Street in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District on Thursday.
  • Seattle police are currently investigating the incident and searching for the perpetrator, who fled the scene.
  • Police have not made any arrests as of this writing.
  • Information about the suspect and potential motives behind the incident have yet to be released.

An investigation is underway after a man was fatally shot in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District on Thursday.

Seattle Police Department officers responding to the intersection of 13th Ave. South and South Lane Street after 2 p.m. found a 35-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound.

Dozens of protesters march against Seattle’s planned homeless shelter near International District

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  • Approximately 100 protesters flocked to Seattle City Hall to express concerns that a planned homeless shelter in the SODO neighborhood will be situated very close to the International District, which is composed of Chinatown, Little Saigon and Japantown.
  • The planned construction involves the preservation of the existing Salvation Army shelter in SODO and improvements on its current 270-person capacity to add accommodations for 150 people in the form of micro-modular units, or tiny homes.
  • Entrepreneur Tanya Woo, who is also a member of the Friends of Seattle Chinatown-International District, said: “We are most disappointed in the lack of transparency, lack of outreach, and engagement with the community. It follows the history of forced policies onto our community, which we had no input in.”
  • Woo also expressed the need for proper outreach and engagement with the community during the City Council meeting.

Protesters gathered at Seattle City Hall on Tuesday to condemn the construction of a homeless shelter in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.

About 100 people congregated outside the government building and expressed concerns that the planned shelter will be situated very close to the International District, which is composed of Chinatown, Little Saigon and Japantown.

Seattle Chinatown community members angered over ‘flat out racist’ expansion of homeless shelter

  • Seattle’s International District community members expressed disappointment over the King County council’s homeless shelter expansion in a meeting held at the Hing Hay Park on Thursday.
  • The expansion in Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square in Seattle was approved by the council back in May.
  • Many community members expressed their frustration at the county council, noting that they were left out of conversations.
  • The project, which will house nearly 500 people, will cost around $22 million to operate.
  • It is proposed to be built before the end of the year and begin operating sometime in the late fall.

A homeless shelter expansion in the Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square neighborhoods in Seattle has prompted community members to host an informational meeting to address King County council’s “neglect of the neighborhood.”

Seattle’s Chinatown International District community members expressed disappointment over the council’s decision to expand the homeless shelter in a meeting held at Hing Hay Park on Thursday.

A Washington state park dedicated to Chinese goddess Mazu is finally in progress after years of effort

  • The effort to build a Washington state park dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of the Sea, Mazu, took a step forward on Aug. 30 when King County and the North American Mazu Cultural Exchange Association signed an agreement for the plan.
  • Describing Mazu as a “compassionate mother figure,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said the agreement would “explore the feasibility of creating” the park in King County.
  • “As new Chinese immigrants traveled to new lands, they would erect structures to honor Mazu for bringing them across the sea safely,” Constantine said. “And many now appeal to Mazu for other blessings.”
  • Before becoming the Goddess of the Sea, Mazu was believed to be born Lin Mo Naing. Described as a very intelligent child with a photographic memory, Lin Naing learned the art of healing before her training as a Buddhist and later a Taoist monk.
  • She was reportedly known for saving fishermen and died in the process of rescuing people.

The Asian community in King County, Washington, recently celebrated the proclamation of Mazu Day in King County on Sept. 9 and the moving forward of the plan to build a park dedicated to the Chinese goddess in the county.

Addressing a crowd of 110 people, mostly consisting of groups affiliated with China and Taiwan with strong ties to China, at the China Harbor Restaurant in Seattle on Aug. 30, Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce Director Felicity Wang described the Chinese Goddess of the Sea as someone like Jesus.

Seattle Chinatown community ‘left in the dark’ about homeless shelter expansion

  • A recent major homeless shelter expansion in three Seattle neighborhoods – Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square – has attracted backlash from Chinatown-International District community members who feel “left in the dark” about the policies of King County in Washington state. 
  • Business owner Tanya Woo told KING 5 that she is frustrated by the lack of communication between King County and the Chinatown-International District community.
  • Woo and other community members reportedly heard about the project in July, but the King County council approved the expansion back in May.
  • Woo believes that leaving out the community from conversations about the recent expansion is a symptom of deeply rooted prejudice, saying, “The fact that we speak several different languages, that we don't want to make waves, that we are Asian – they are taking advantage of all those aspects to just bring this to the community without engaging us and I find that very racist.”
  • Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, who has also expressed his frustration with the King County Regional Homeless Authority, believes the agency is “working against” his efforts to combat homelessness.

A recent major homeless shelter expansion in three Seattle neighborhoods has attracted backlash from Chinatown-International District community members who feel “left in the dark” about the policies of King County in Washington state.

The expansion in Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square has reportedly prompted community members to declare that there is a “lack of transparency” within King County.

Seattle man charged with assault, hate crime for attacks on 3 Asian women

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  • Michael John Allen, 40, is facing hate crime and assault charges after allegedly attacking three Asian women in two separate incidents in downtown Seattle on July 11.
  • During the first alleged attack, which occurred in the 500 block of Olive Way, Allen reportedly hit a woman in the back of her head while yelling expletives at her.
  • The second alleged attack, which occurred moments later, took place in the area of Third Avenue and Union Street and involved two Chinese women who were reportedly told by Allen to “Go back to China!”
  • Allen then punched one of the women in the left shoulder, as per charging documents.
  • The Seattle man, who has no previous felonies, was arrested and booked into King County Jail.

A man is facing hate crime and assault charges after allegedly attacking multiple Asian women in downtown Seattle last week.

Michael John Allen, 40, was charged with fourth-degree assault for hitting one of the women in the back of her head while yelling expletives at her in the 500 block of Olive Way on July 11, according to King County prosecutors.

Seattle reporter covering homelessness crisis alleges Antifa is targeting Asian American journalists

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  • Jonathan Choe, a Seattle-based Asian American journalist with KOMO News, has been on the receiving end of threatening tweets from alleged Antifa members over his coverage of the city’s homelessness crisis.
  • Asian American journalist Andy Ngo, who fell victim to alleged Antifa violence in 2019 and 2021, exposed the Twitter accounts that threatened Choe.
  • One of the users in question encouraged other users to make Choe “so widely hated that he physically cannot film in the city.”
  • Another user accused Choe of inspiring “assault” and “displacement” and said, “We need to do to Choe what Portland has done to Ngo.”
  • Both Choe and Ngo have called for the attention of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) in their tweets.

An Asian American journalist in Seattle has allegedly been the target of Antifa threats on Twitter due to his coverage of the city’s homelessness crisis.

Jonathan Choe, who reports for KOMO News, has been leading a weekly segment called “Project Seattle,” which reveals the expanse of the city’s issue of homelessness and attempts to hold leaders and public officials accountable.

Chinese woman suffers skull fractures after being struck with baseball bat from behind in Seattle

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  • Shengnan Wang, an Amazon employee, was coming home from work when 31-year-old Wantez Jamel Tulloss allegedly struck the back of her head with a baseball bat in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.
  • After the attack, Tullos reportedly roamed around the area and even treated himself to a slice of pizza.
  • Washington State courts have reportedly issued 11 warrants for Tulloss’ arrest since 2012. He has been convicted of nine misdemeanors and two felonies for robbery and breaking into private property.
  • Wang, whose family resides in China, sustained skull fractures that required “significant surgery.”
  • Tulloss has been charged with first-degree assault and remains on a $150,000 bail as of Wednesday.

A man accused of a brutal baseball bat attack against a Chinese woman in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood has been charged with assault on Friday, according to reports.

The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, occurred in the 200 block of Cedar Street at around 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, as per The Seattle Times.

Longtime activist cites history of cooperation between Asians, Black Americans after being targeted in hate attack

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Police brutality and social justice activist Rev. Harriett Walden was subject to an assault on Nov. 18 and has since spoken out about the increase of hate crimes against Black and Asian Americans.

The incident: Walden, a 75-year-old Seattle resident, was called slurs and hit with a bottle of motor oil while crossing Columbia Street at First Avenue in Seattle around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, reported The Seattle Times.