In the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, you can get an in-depth perspective on the Asian Pacific American experience. What was life like for early immigrants from Asia? How has it evolved through the generations? And in what ways has the Asian Pacific American experience influenced contemporary American culture?
The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (aka The Luke) presents compelling exhibits, a variety of events and eye-opening neighborhood tours you won’t find anywhere else. The museum is a day well-spent in Seattle.
This year is the Year of the Pig; you can learn about the significance of New Year’s customs and celebrations in the exhibit, “New Years All Year Round,” on display through February 2, 2020. Let your imagination soar to new frontiers in the exhibit, “Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of Asian Pacific American Science Fiction,” through September 15, 2019. The ongoing exhibit, “Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror,” examines the experiences of refugees who migrated to the U.S. and explores the perspectives of a new generation whose views are not shaped by the Vietnam War. For Bruce Lee fans, the ongoing exhibit, “A Dragon Lives Here,” is a must, along with a guided walking tour of Bruce Lee’s Chinatown. These are just a few of the permanent and temporary exhibits you’ll find at the museum.
The Luke’s Chinatown neighborhood tours are packed with fascinating stories and the places where they happened; this is a presentation of local history at its best. The Luke also presents a different food tour in the neighborhood every quarter: an International Dumpling Crawl, The Rice Stuff, Grilled Things and Chicken Wings and a Twilight Noodle Slurp.
General admission to the museum includes a tour of its historic building, a former hotel, with stories about the lives of its early Asian Pacific American residents. Find out more and reserve your tickets and tours at wingluke.org.
Who Was Wing Luke?
Wing Luke was born in China and migrated to the U.S. at age six. As a Seattle civil-rights pioneer, he championed housing anti- discrimination laws in the 1960s. Three years before his death, he was elected to the Seattle City Council and continued to fight for civil rights and historic preservation. He fought for causes that aided his community as a member of the Urban League, the Chinese Community Service Organization and the Jackson Street Community Council (a civic group serving Seattle’s Chinatown). Luke was a decorated WWII veteran.