Wing Luke, whose full name is Wing Chong Luke played a very vital role in the history of the Pan – Asians and should be remembered accordingly for his contribution to gaining equality for his people. He saw the segregation and isolation of his people, not only his people but others who fell under a demographic that was controlled by the ruling powers who sought to keep them down and out. Most Pan – Asian Americans and African Americans were forced to live in the Central District and Beacon Hill. Luke took to rallying forward changes that could be implemented with the position he held on the Seattle City Council. What he stood for was simple: the abolishment of racial discrimination against immigrants in the renting and selling of real estate, historic preservation, Indian fishing rights and urban renewal.
The Wing Luke Museum is known for its permanent and short exhibitions. ‘The Bruce Lee Exhibit’ is a spectacle that takes you through a day in the life of Bruce. The philosophical martial artist lived and breathed for his intense training regime, and dedicated his life to a healthy mind, body and soul. The museum opens a door on the intrinsic nature of Bruce Lee who was often wise and conversant with those who would listen. The idea is to measure your approach against Lee’s, and see if you can learn anything from his doctrine of living. There are also neighboring restaurants that offer ‘Bruce Lee Fortune Cookies.’ Nick Licata and Bruce Harrell (city council members) declared ‘Bruce Lee Day’ back in 2014, and took to the wearing ‘The Yellow Jumpsuit’ that Bruce fashioned in the movie ‘The Game of Death.’
There are other exhibitions like the ‘Year of Remembrance’ that tackles racism and recognizes the 75th anniversary of the executive order 9066. ‘We Are the Ocean ’looks at poetry, artwork and oral histories. The ‘New Year’s All Round’ applies a shared approach to the culture and special festivities of the Asian Pacific Islander Americans. The Wing Luke Museum has featured the new years from the Polynesian American Communities, Laotian and the Chinese. The American Festival of Lights has also been present at the exhibition. ‘Our Roots Run Deep and Broad,’ ‘Wing Luke and the Museum’ and ‘Chinatown – International District’ are some of the more permanent shows that go on. The Community Portrait Galleries showcases ‘I Am Filipino, ‘Hometown Desi’ and ‘Vietnam In the Rearview Mirror.’ Best Things to Do in Seattle, WA: Wing Luke Museum - Photo: Wing Luke Museum
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