From its humble beginnings in a converted garage, the Wing Luke Asian Museum once again opened its doors to the public on May 31, 2008 as a newly expanded 60,000 square foot facility. It is located at 719 South King Street in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.
As the nation’s only pan–Asian Pacific American museum, WLAM engages the Asian Pacific American communities and the public in exploring issues related to the culture, art, and history of Asian Pacific Americans. The new Wing Luke Asian Museum is offering expanded programs and enhanced breadth and depth of Museum collections. WLAM will undoubtedly become an economic hub in the heart of the Chinatown-International District.
Before you visit the grand new museum that features so many unique exhibits, galleries, collections, and facilities such as the Governor Gary Locke Library and Community Heritage Center, you may want to check out and read some books to enhance your visits:
They Painted from their Hearts: Pioneer Asian American Artists edited by Mayumi Tsutakawa. Directory of Asian American artists in Washington and Oregon/Archives of American Art/Smithsonia Institution. This book was published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Sept.9, 1994- Jan.15, 1995.
A Different Battle: Stories of Asian Pacific American Veterans edited by Carina A. del Rosario; contemporary photographs by Dean Wong. The book tells about stories of Asian Pacific American veterans.
The Textiles of Asia, from the Costume and Textile Study Center of the University of Washington [assembled by Diane Sugimura] by Diane Sugimura. The exhibit was held at the Wing Luke Memorial Museum, June 2-Aug. 18, 1974.
Executive Order 9066: 50 Years Before and 50 Years after: A History of Japanese American in Seattle by David Takami. This publication accompanies the exhibit by the same name showing at the Wing Luke Asian Museum from February 19 to August 31, 1992.
Seattle’s International District: the Making of Pan-Asian American Community by Doug Chin. A thorough guide to the history and people of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.
Don’t forget to also visit the beautiful International District/Chinatown Branch to browse its unique Asian languages collections when you are in the Chinatown International District.