LWSD Blackwell Elementary Chinese New Year Incident Update

Dissatisfied with LWSD’s initial response to our Discrimination Complaint, we filed an appeal with the LWSD superintendent, Dr. Jon Holm, and the district board. On June 8th, LWSD Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Joy A. Ross sent us the district’s response to our appeal (see below). In the response, Dr. Ross stated that “Regarding apologies, Mr. Eaton … Read more

Appeal to LWSD’s Response to Discrimination Complaint

We filed a formal discrimination complaint against LWSD on March 31st. On May 2nd, LWSD ruled against our complaint and denied our request for information disclosure and a public apology (see LWSD’s response below ). On May 10th, we filed an appeal with the district superintendent, Dr. Jon Holm, and the district board. Below is … Read more

Formal Discrimination Complaint Filed Against LWSD

On March 31, after more than a month’s effort to resolve the Blackwell Elementary Chinese New Year incident with LWSD failed, we filed a formal discrimination complaint against LWSD. LWSD superintendent and board were copied on this complaint. Dear Mr. Patterson, Recently, we received reports from the Chinese American community about a Washington Civil Rights … Read more

Blackwell Elementary Chinese American Community’s letter to LWSD

On March 18th, Blackwell Elementary principal, Jim Eaton, sent out an “apology” letter addressing the Blackwell Chinese New Year incident. The Chinese American community has repeatedly requested that the school and district rescind their decision to label the incident as “cultural appropriation” and issue an apology to Mrs. Nicholson and the Chinese American community. Yet, … Read more

Request a formal investigation into the Blackwell Elementary Chinese New Year incident

At the request of Chinese American parents at the Blackwell Elementary School in LWSD, we submitted the request for a formal investigation today. Below is the letter sent to Director Ortega: Dear Director Ortega, As I mentioned in my letter to Mrs. Nicholson last night, we are requesting a formal investigation into the Blackwell Elementary … Read more

A racial stereotyping book is used in LWSD classrooms, yet the district is slow in taking action to address Chinese community’s concerns

Last month, we received a report about a racial stereotyping book that is being used in LWSD classrooms. The book is The Cricket in Times Square. According to some Chinese students, they felt offended by content of the book. We did a research on the book, and the students were right. This book contains the … Read more

Petition Regarding LWSD Equity Policy

LWSD board will vote on the district’s Equity Policy on September 13th. Below is the latest draft: 34.9% of the school district’s students board are Asians. The voices of Asian students deserve to be heard by the school district. It is critical that you comment on the Equity Policy. If you remain silence, as one … Read more

Testimony for SB 5044

Power was out at my house. Knowing that SB 5044 could negatively impact Asian Americans in this state, I sat in my car, accessed the SB 5044 public hearing via my cell phone and waited for almost an hour for my chance to testify. Why? Because I wanted to testify in person so that my … Read more

41st District My-Linh Thai’s Honest and Trustworthy Problem

My-Linh Thai is running for 41st LD State Representative. More than two months after she filed for her candidacy, and 2 weeks after we featured an article on our site questioning Thai lacked campaign issues, she finally posted her campaign priorities on her campaign web site. Given her background as BSD board member, not surprisingly, … Read more

5th LD House Position 2 – Paul Graves

At a friend’s request, I met with 5th LD State Representative Paul Graves this week. At the end of the meeting, I was impressed. The fact that Paul Graves was the few legislators that voted no on the notorious SB 6617 , the bill to exempt legislators from the state’s Public Records Act, and hide their … Read more