Wing Luke Museum
719 South King Street, Downtown Seattle, Seattle
Exhibits at the Wing Luke Museum
Life Wide Angle/Close Up
May 10, 2019 - April 19, 2020
Borne of the necessities of survival and the restrictions of racism, ethnic enclaves arose to form vibrant communities where newcomers could bring a taste of home. Chinatowns, Nihonmachis, Little Manilas, and others formed in the early 20th centuries, migrating to neighborhoods where early immigrants had established themselves and thriving in communities where neglect meant housing was affordable. With the rise of gentrification across the United States, this multimedia photography-based exhibit will spark conversation about what goes into making healthy and sustainable communities, what they contribute to the larger society, and strategies and policies that can protect and support them.
Where Beauty Lies
Oct 11, 2018 - September 19, 2021
What defines beauty? Our newest exhibit Where Beauty Lies examines the complicated history, culture, industry, psychology,and politics of beauty from the Asian Pacific American perspective.With personal stories, reflections, art, and artifacts representing a diversity of identities and experiences, the exhibit aims to challenge and expand our ideas of what beauty truly means.
Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of APA Science Fiction
October 12, 2018 - September 15, 2019
Exploring the connection between Asian Pacific Americans and the infinite possibilities of science fiction, World’s Beyond Here follows the path of a young Sci Fi fan to becoming an empowered creator, limited only by imagination.
Despite the historically limited representation of Asian Pacific Americans in popular science fiction, they have had and continue to have a large impact in science fiction, often behind the scenes, as artists, actors, designers, writers, animators, and directors. For many Asian Pacific Americans, science fiction addresses issues related to identity, immigration and race, technology, morality and the human condition, all while capturing the imagination through exciting adventures in outer space and time travel.
The exhibit features a mix of literary and pop culture works, as well as original artwork that inspires us to create our own vision for our world and our future.
A Dragon Lives Here
Building on our popular Bruce Lee exhibit series, A Dragon Lives Here hones in on Bruce Lee’s Seattle roots and the fact that Seattle, now known as a city for innovation, technology, and entrepreneurs, also played a key role in shaping Bruce Lee and his groundbreaking approach.
A Dragon Lives Here was created in partnership with the Bruce Lee Foundation and with the generous support of sponsors, donors and partners.
I Am Filipino
Through personal stories and photographs, experience the many layers of Filipino American history and identity. This cultural legacy lives on in the Filipino community and beyond.
Wing Luke and the Museum
“My brother Wing Luke had a saying, ‘Don’t do things because of who is right, but because of what is right,’” said Bettie Luke, Wing Luke’s sister.
A Chinese American boy dreaded going to school. He was tired of being bullied for being different, for being Asian. One day, he decided he couldn’t put up with it anymore. He had to stand up to them, to fight back. So he picked up his pen – and he drew funny comic strips. Before long, his classmates wanted to read them, and he became popular, eventually elected class president at Roosevelt High School in Seattle.
This boy was Wing Luke.
Son of a laundryman and grocer and an immigrant from China, Wing Luke went on to become one of nine high school students to consult for a White House conference on youth issues, earn a Bronze Star Medal for his Army service during WWII, receive a law degree from the University of Washington, and be appointed Assistant Attorney General for Washington State.
In 1962, Wing Luke made history, elected as the first person of color on the Seattle City Council and the first Asian American elected to public office in the Pacific Northwest. His unique combination of politics, compassion and advocacy of diverse communities made him a powerful force for equal housing, urban revival and historic preservation of Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the Seattle Waterfront. Wing was a trailblazer of his time.
In 1963, Wing Luke played a key role advocating for the City Council passage of the open housing ordinance, which led to the creation of the Seattle Human Rights Commission. Journalist Emmett Watson wrote, “Probably no man on the nine-member Council had more to do with this action than Wing Luke.”
Tragically, his promising career was cut short in 1965 when a small plane he was riding crashed in the Cascade Mountains. He died at the age of forty. Despite the short tenure of his career, Wing inspired many. In his memory, the community created the Wing Luke Memorial Foundation and eventually built a pan-Asian museum based on his vision.
Wing Luke’s legacy continues on today at the Wing Luke Museum and beyond. Several decades later, the museum is an important place where the Asian Pacific American community looks to for engagement, inspiration and leadership – a legacy that Wing Luke left to Seattle. In 2016, the Washington State Attorney General’s office established the Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit in Wing Luke’s honor, forming a special team that would investigate and help enforce civil rights and anti-discrimination laws.
Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror
Over 40 years, Vietnamese refugees and immigrants have built a life and established roots in America, against all odds. Now the younger generation strives to shape their own story, not solely defined by the war that brought their parents here.
Cambodian Cultural Museum and Killing Fields Memorial
This collection of photographs and artwork testifies to the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge holocaust and honors the rich, enduring culture of the Cambodian people.
Honoring Our Journey
The “heart” of our galleries, this permanent exhibition showcases the pan-Asian Pacific American immigrant and refugee experience with five themes: Home, Getting Here, Making a Living, Social Justice and Community.
Shining Through: Reflections of an Oceanic Future
December 7 - November 10, 2019
New Years All Year Round
February 2, 2019 - February 2, 2020
Come and explore with us the many things people do during the New Year. This year, as we welcome the Year of the Pig, we will focus on what the holiday means for our families – with a focus on food, stories, toys and games.
Excluded, Inside the Lines
March 8, 2019 - February 23, 2020
Uncover the history of redlining and its impacts through individual stories in our FREE exhibit. Beginning with the exclusion of Native people from Seattle, follow the ongoing confluence of interconnected financial, environmental, physical factors that have plagued people of color and the instrumental history of response through resistance, innovation, solidarity and creativity that has shaped Seattle.