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Hyperglobal blog, Seattle Globalist Launch Party this Saturday!

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The Seattle Globalist is a new “hyperglobal” blog celebrating the Seattle region’s international community and its many connections to the rest of the world. The Globalist offers an unexpected take on international travel, culture, development, and Seattle’s global-local connection.

Seattle has been named a “hyper-diverse city” by the Migration Policy Institute — we have more than 250,000 foreign-born residents, representing every region in the world, and no one country of origin makes up more than a quarter of that group.

The Globalist is a hub for the many people in our region who identify internationally in some way: immigrants, international NGO workers, foodies, travellers — anyone who feels a strong connection to the world outside of our borders. It covers everything from international foods (like Japanese Fusion Hot Dogs and the best Pakistani food on the east side) and bands (like these five international bands coming to Seattle) to Seattleites’ reflections on travelling in the Middle East as an Iranian Jew or in Las Vegas as a Jordanian-American. The Globalist has done stories about St. Patrick’s Day, folk music, and human rights in Burma. The site features a community calendar with international events from cooking classes to film screenings, and writers are drawn from Seattle’s tech, non-profit and journalism communities.

The Globalist is published by the Common Language Project, a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to covering under-reported international news through multimedia, which is based at the University of Washington.

“We have been covering under-reported international issues through in-depth multimedia since we got started in 2006,” said Alex Stonehill, editor of the Seattle Globalist and co-founder of the Common Language Project, “but there’s a very high entry point for that kind of reporting. You don’t always have time to curl up with a 10-minute video about Iraqi refugees in Syria or 2,000 words about climate change in East Africa. The Globalist is more accessible. It’s the kind of stuff you want to read when you’re sneaking a minute away from work.”

The blog is co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Department of Communication, and by Brown Paper Tickets.

On Saturday April 28th, a free party at Washington Hall will mark the Seattle Globalist’s official launch.

The party will feature a community dance workshop with the Seattle Fandango Project (see video below), and a brief talk by Naomi Ishisaka, former editor of Colors Northwest Magazine and member of the Seattle Globalist Advisory Group introducing the Globalist. The DJ group Last Night’s Mix Tape will play dance music later in the evening. The event’s emcees are Hidmo founder and OneAmerica Organizer Rahwa Habte, and MCDM student, journalist, DJ and youth media educator Jonathan Cunningham.

Seattle Globalist Launch Party
Saturday April 28th, 6-10pm
Free entry, all ages
Light snacks, Cash beer & wine with ID
Please RSVP here!

This post was written by Jessica Partnow in collaboration with Sabrina Roach. A version of this post also appeared in Humanosphere and the Central District News.