Asian American Museum Spreads its Wings

The Wing Luke Asian Museum is preparing for a grand opening at its new location in the historic East Kong Yick building, formerly a single room occupancy hotel built in 1910 by Asian laborers in Seattle’s Chinatown International District. The project to rehabilitat the building began over five years ago when the museum began to consider expanding its oldd 15,000-square-foot location. The fundraising goal of $23.2 million dollars was reached last month. More than 1,500 individuals contributed to the campaign. A Hard Hat Gala will be held on March 22 (recommended attire: black tie and steel-tip shoes) and the Community Grand Opening is scheduled on May 31-June 1. The Wing Luke Asian Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate,  is the premier pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the country.

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