Wing Luke Museum reminds us all: "Despite some troubles, Chinatown-International District remains one of the most vibrant, historic, and culturally diverse neighborhoods in Seattle and we have so much to offer."

By Rosin Saez
August 18, 2016

The Wing Luke Museum board of trustees shared a letter with the International Examiner this morning, and it was a note of both struggle as well as hope.

All summer, the Chinatown-International District has been faced with the harsh economic realities of transients who had, up until very recently, illegal camped in the neighborhood. The garbage and frequent drug-use raise several concerns about safety and seriously thwarted visitors. No surprise, the museum sees the most visitor during the busy summer months. That was sadly not the case this year.

In late July, the city joined “neighborhood advocates and social service agencies to clear out the illegal encampments,” says the letter, “It took several days but our neighborhood already feels better.”

Despite these setbacks, Wing Luke Museum marches onward and says “there is still work to do.” Indeed. This museum was named as one of the five must-see ethnic museums in the country by Group Travel Media, and is just a cultural anchor in this community. And as The New York Times put it:

“Culturally specific museums developed because the point of view reflected by traditional museums was perceived as excluding the experiences of certain cultural and ethnic groups. Mainstream museums were also perceived as places where objects associated with the histories of these groups were not being collected, and where the broad or specific stories of these groups were not being told though exhibits. […] In fact, [culturally specific museums] have shown how programs that serve the community can be placed at the center of the museum model.”

So how can we collectively help this Seattle institution? Here’s what they say…

“Come visit! Bring family and friends and introduce them to our Museum and our community. Come any time to enjoy the exhibits or come for a special event. Game Day BBQ tours run through September.

The Stars Above: Wrapped in Lullabies exhibition opens on Saturday, August 20 with free admission all day, full of family-friendly activities like art workshops and live music.

Our current Bruce Lee exhibit closes Sunday, September 4 and the new, third Bruce Lee exhibit opens on Saturday, October 1Members are invited to the exclusive Preview Bash on Friday, September 30.

Here’s the board of Trustee’s letter in full:

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