Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
A Smithsonian and National Park Service affiliate, this 60,000 square foot museum tells the story of Seattle's Chinatown-International District and explores experiences of Asia-Pacific immigrants and refugees in America. It is named after Wing Luke, the first Asian American elected to public office in the Pacific Northwest whose his promising career was tragically cut short in 1965 when a small plane he was riding crashed in the Cascade Mountains. He was only 40 years old. The museum features permanent and changing exhibits and also offers guided neighborhood tours and events. It is the only pan-Asian Pacific American community-based museum in America.
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