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2016 Events

November 12, 10:30am, 2:30pm
Celebrate and honor the Chinese American veterans with the premiere of the documentary, Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese.

Also viewing in our Community Hall at 1pm, see the premiere of the new documentary, Cathay Post #186: A Legacy of Camaraderie, Community, and Patriotism.

Executive producers include Gwendolyn Gong, E. Samantha Cheng, and Cathay Post #186 Project (a project with the International Examiner).

October 15, 1:30pm
Join Wing Luke Museum's principle architect Rick Sundberg as he shares rendering, behind-the-scenes vignettes, and other insights during the transformation of the mixed-use East Kong Yick building into the permanent home of Wing Luke Museum.

Originally built in 1910, the East Kong Yick building went through a massive renovation in 2006 with Wing Luke Museum opening the doors to its new home in 2008.

October 8, 6pm
Join Wing Luke Museum for a special presentation staged reading of the play Red Earth, Gold Gate, Shadow Sky by Mark Jenkins, directed by Victor Pappas. Featuring actors Michael Cercado, Michael Chansavang, Bunthay Cheam, Sophath Keith, Nissana Nov, Sreymom Serey,  Jalen Testerman.

September 1, 6pm
Three Bengali-born singers, one joining from Calcutta, and a pair of artists who are frequent visitors to India from Seattle will present an evening of music both live and recorded, images old and new, to honor the visit here in 1916 by Rabindranath Tagore. Please join Deepa Banerjee, Swati Banerjee, Donald Fels,Robert Millis and accompanists for a lively evening.

August 4, 6pm
Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. Ben Wang’s Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story paints an intimate portrait of Eddy—the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist—on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation and redemption.

June 25, 7pm
The late civil rights leader Minoru Yasui deliberately protested the military curfew laws on Japanese Americans during World War II, and was subsequently arrested, leading him to challenge the constitutionality of the order.He was posthumously awarded the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. 

To celebrate Minoru Yasui's centennial, Wing Luke Museum presents a screening of the in-progress documentary, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice. A discussion of the film will be led by Holly Yasui, co-director and a monologue the play EO 9066 will be read by Heath Hyun.

June 2, 6pm
Sharon H. Chang has worked with young children and families for over a decade. She is a scholar and activist who focuses on racism, social justice and the Asian American diaspora with a feminist lens. She will read from her inaugural book, Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children In a Post-Racial World.

May 28, 2pm
Seattle native Dean Wong has published his first book compilation with Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown. In Seeing, Wong focuses his attention on the Chinatowns of Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver and New York. Chroniclizing the celebratory side of life in these communities from the events around Lunar New Year to a much anticipated visit by the Dalai Lama. We also see through Wong, the elderly Chinese American facing eviction as the neighborhood gentrifies and the man who  challenged Bruce Lee to a fight...and lost.  

May 17, 10am
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History presents their annual National Youth Summit (NYS). The NYS is a webcast series that brings activists, policy makers, and historians together with young people in a national conversation about the nation's past and its lessons for today.

This year's theme is the history and legacy of Japanese American incarceraton in World War II. Join us, as we live stream the national panel discussion from the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Designed for middle and high schoolers, this presentation will be streamed and watched to participating schools across the nation.

May 5, 6pm
Author Mira Shimabukuro discusses her book, Relocating Authority: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration, in conversation with Tom Ikeda of the Densho project. Relocating draws upon community archives, visual histories, and Asian American history and theory to reveal the ways writing has served as a critical tool for Japanese American incarcerees and their descendants. Incarcerees not only used writing to redress the "internment" in the moment but also created pieces of text that enabled and inspired further redress long after the camps had closed.

April 30, 2pm
Poet Michael Schmeltzer discusses his new poetry book Blood Song with panelists, Jane Wong, Michelle Peñaloza, and Natasha Kochicheril Moni. The challenge of art and literature is to create something timeless, a powerful work that speaks to the audience long after the artist is gone. But does timeless writing insist on a faceless writer? Our  panelists will discuss the intersection of racial identity and art, and how their Asian-American heritage influences how they write, how they are read, and how to hold onto a sense of universality while speaking toward a minority experience. 

April 17, 2pm
Cambodian Son documents the life of deported poet, Kosal Khiev after receiving the most important performance invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal would travel to London having only taken two flights prior; first, as a 1-year-old refugee child whose family fled Cambodia and, then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in  2011. Armed only with memorized verses, he must face the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet. The filmmakers will be in attendance. A Q&A will immediately follow the screening.

March 6, 1pm
When internationally adopted American teenager Ricki Mudd returns to China to live with her long-lost birth family for a summer, she hopes to piece together the fragments of her mysterious past. Instead, Ricki finds more questions than answers as she is caught in a web of severed relationships, festering resentments, guilt and intrigue.

Ricki's Promise is a bittersweet tale of love and loss about a  family's struggle against the forces of culture, tradition, politics and past choices that continue to impact them all in unexpected ways. Please join us for a special screening of this film. The filmmakers and members of the family will be in attendance. The film runs 1 hour and 24 minutes.

January 7, 6pm
Author RT Akutagawa reads from his book, Mirage in the Desert. He weaves a coming-of-age story of a young girl, the friends she makes, and an escape plan from a Japanese American concentration camp in WWII.

January 2, 11am
For four years running, Rev Kanjin Cederman of the Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple (501 South Jackson St #202 Seattle, WA 98104) has brought the shi shi mai dance to Wing Luke Museum to celebrate the New Year. The shi shi mai is a traditional Japanese lion dance performed during New Year celebrations. The Japanese lion typically has a wooden, lacquered head with a body of green cloth with white designs manipulated by one or two dancers. A simple offering of oranges and a donation to the temple is given to the lion. Guests will be blessed by getting “bitten” by the lion and receive an orange to bring home.

2015 Events

Fairy tales are not just for kids. They can help guide you through the thorniest of situations. Like dating. Pork Filled Productions presents a staged reading of Online Dating Tales of Old Japan, a play by Kirk Shimano. Follow yonsei (4th generation Japanese American) Akira as he looks to Japanese fairy tales for help in how to handle the intricacies of dating and following your heart.

Tattoos  can evoke emotions, opinions, memories, and stories. Join author and Mambabatok (traditional hand-tap tattoo) practitioner Lane Wilcken who shares his book, Filipino Tattoos: Ancient to Modern, and performs a live tattooing demonstration. A discussion and Q&A with the author will follow the book reading. The author will be signing books which are available in the Marketplace.

Come join California artist, activist, and nurse Terry Acebo Davis, whose immersive artwork in CONSTRUCTS: Installations by Asian Pacific American Women Artists (on display through April 2016) brings light to the issues of aging and memory.Terry will share some of her own experiences and be interviewed by Prof. Peter Bacho (Evergreen State College) on how we care for our fragile elders. The program concludes with small group Q&A in Terry's installation and tribute to her mother entitled "Her House… Tahanan...Her Room". 

Please join Ken Mochizuki, William Satake Baluvelt, and Dean Hayasaka, the filmmakers behind the local classic film, Beacon Hill Boys, as we celebrate the film’s 30 anniversary and revisit the story, the actors and look back at how life was as a Beacon Hill Boy, and to look at what’s happened since those cruising days.

Step into the life and mind of Bruce Lee. Join author Tommy Gong whose book Bruce Lee: The Evolution of a Martial Artist looks deep into the philosophies and experiences that helped shape Bruce and the development of jeet kune do, the art of fighting without fighting. With the cooperation of Bruce Lee Enterprises, Tommy had access to letters, photos, and Bruce Lee's family and friends to shed light on a most remarkable man. A discussion and Q&A session will follow the book reading. The author will be available for book signings. 

Yong Soon is a Professor of Art at the University of California, Irvine teaching installation and intermedia art. Yong Soon’s presentation will focus on artwork exhibited in 2014 at the Seoul Museum of Art, where she used bojagi as the platform to address women in Korean history from colonial times to militarized modernity to Korean America. Her work reinterprets the diasporic reality of leaving her roots, upheaval, and the passage into another life as related to her own life experiences.

An American Dream is a production of the Seattle Opera’s 2015-2016 season. Join Jessica Murphy Moo, An American Dream’s librettist, and Nick Malinowski, Seattle Opera’s Community Programs Manager, for an exploration of the opera, and a discussion about the history and the themes that run through this powerful and important new piece.This is a chance to listen, learn, and share your experience as it relates to a story that is central to our community. 

In a book reading with author Ken Mochizuki, Ken will read from Baseball Saved Us, a story about young Shiro whose family is imprisoned in a “camp” during WWII and where lessons learned through baseball extended beyond the game. He will also read from Be Water, My Friend, which recounts the early life of martial artist Bruce Lee. A discussion with the author will follow the reading and books will be signed in the Marketplace. Free.

Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940 (Second edition) tells the stories of immigrants of Angel Island as well as how they connect to today’s immigration issues. Co-author Judy Young discusses the Angel Island Chinese immigrant experience, the remarkable poetry engravings on the barrack walls, and more in this newly updated and expanded edition.

Koon Woon shares his newest poetry in Water Chasing Water. Dr. Keith Holyoak reads his translations of Tang dynasty era poetry in his collection, Facing the Moon: Poems of Li Bai and Du Fu. Following the reading, there will be a poetry open-mic where audience members are invited to present their own poems.

Showcasing a slice of the creativity and talent in Seattle’s Korean American community, artists such as Daniel Damien Pak, Soyon Im, Soya Jung, and Bruce & Ju-Chon Fulton will share the stage and their work. A potluck of Korean snacks will also be shared. Presented in conjunction with the exhibit Bojagi: Unwrapping Korean American Identity. Program curated by Alan Lau.

What does activism look like in the 21st century? Through specific examples and contemporary causes, five presenters from different activist and social justice groups will address how the fight is being fought today. Presented in conjunction with the exhibit In Struggle: Asian American Acts of Resistance.

2014 Events

November 15, 3pm
Voices From Heaven by Meija Devine comes from her first-hand experience growing up in Seoul during the Korean War. Devine’s novel reveals uniquely Korean colors and sounds as she leads readers through an extraordinary love story that parallels the tragedies of war. Discussion with the authors will follow and books will be signed outside the Marketplace. Free.

November 6, 6-8pm
David B. Williams, author of Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, will be discussing how and why Seattle looks like it does. From razing Denny Hill and filling in tide flat communities such as Chinatown-International District, Seattle’s citizens have dug up, dumped upon, and carted away its original topography more so than other cities. Free.

November 1, 1-3pm
Sifu Taky Kimura, one of Bruce Lee’s officially named students, will do a demo and discuss his relationship with Bruce Lee, with martial arts, and the philosophies that led to the development of jeet kune do, Bruce Lee’s own style of martial arts. For tickets, call Visitor Services at 206.623.5124. 

September 20, 5pm
Premiere screening of Passages: The Chinese Heritage Tour of the American West, documenting the 7-day bus journey in 2010 where 48 participants visited the uncovered heritage sites of early Chinese American Pioneers. We will see how these pioneers lived, worked, socialized, built communities and settled the American West. Filmmaker John D. Pai will be present. Free. Produced by the Wing Luke Museum and the USFS Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

September 20, 2pm
Discover Nikkei is an international community-based project of the Japanese American National Museum that shares the stories of Nikkei around the world. This year, they are collecting stories to explore the untold stories behind personal Nikkei Names. Is there an interesting story behind your name or nickname? What does your name reflect about your identity? Join to share your own story. Event hosted by The Wing. Pre-registration is required by emailing editor@discovernikkei.org. Free.

August 21, 5:30pm
The final evening of Jamfest! Among the performers is community activist and Grammy award-nominee, Hollis Wong-Wear, known for her musical collaborations with Macklemore and her work with Youth Speaks Seattle. General $8, Students/Seniors $6, Members $5. Season passes available.

August 16, 4pm
Wing Luke Museums and ACT Theatre present a screening onsite of Conscience and the Constitution, by filmmaker Frank Abe. In WWII, a group of men refused to be drafted to protest their unjust incarceration in American concentration camps. To also connect the resistance efforts of the past to the activism of today, Kevin Owyang put together a short documentary for the In Struggle exhibit. Both filmmakers will be in attendance. Free. 

July 19, 4pm
The Cat Who Chose To Dream by Loriene Honda, Ph.D., shares the story of a cat’s choice to be incarcerated at a World War II prison camp as a loving gesture to his Japanese American family. Featuring the artwork of Jimmy Tsumotu Mirikitani.

July 17, 5:30pm
Let the festive air energize you, the savory food entice you, and the live musical and cabaret performances captivate you. Dedicated to a long-time community supporter and avid JamFest attendee, the late Vera Ing, join us in celebrating her life with Hawaiian music and performances in Canton Alley. General $8, Students/Seniors $6, Members $5. Season passes available.

June 28-29
The Wing is excited to partner with Tasveer to bring you the 2nd South Asian International Documentary (SAID) Film Festival, the only one of its kind in the country. For festival information and tickets visit: www.tasveer.org. Films will screen on-site at The Wing. Tickets must be purchased.

June 21, 4pm
Spoken-word poet and community activist Michelle Myers incorporates poetry and song in her new poetry collection The She Book. Proceeds from the book will be donated to aid anti-trafficking efforts and community building in Nicaragua. Free.

June 19, 5:30pm
Enjoy great eats and local music at the first evening of Jamfest, our summer series in the Chinatown-International District. Start at The Wing for cabaret, then head into the neighborhood for performances, food deals and more. Visit wingluke.org/jamfest for details. General $8, Students/Seniors $6, Members $5. Season passes available.

June 7, 3pm
In Farewell Shikata ga Nai, choreographer Gabrielle Nomura weaves dance, theatre, and live music by Seattle Kokon Taiko into an exploration of the Japanese American experience during WWII. This work is made possible by The City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and the Japanese American Citizens League. General: $5, free to Members.

June 5, 4pm
Topaz, Brian Dempster’s debut poetry collection examines the experience and lasting intergenerational impact of a Japanese American family’s separation and incarceration in American WWII prison camps. Free.

May 17, 1-3pm
Pakistani native and Kirkland author Maliha Masood reads from her book Dizzy in Karachi: A Journey to Pakistan. Masood, arriving in the Pacific Northwest before turning 11, quickly adapted to her new home. A summer internship in Islamabad in the wake of 9/11 reminded her of the roots she left behind. Join a discussion with the author about her funny, insightful, and timely book. Free.

April 26, 11am
This photo workshop prepares participants to contribute their image to A Day In the Life of Asian Pacific America, an online exhibit hosted by the Smithsonian APA Center. Professional local photographers share their techniques for storytelling through photos. Free.

March 1, 10:30-1pm
Teaching chef Shirley Karasawa offers the ins and outs of making and enjoying okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake. After feeding your appetite, Karasawa will lead a tour of Uwajimaya and help you find the best ingredients for Japanese meals. General ticket: $35, Members $27. Class limit is 13 people.

February 15, 4pm
It can be tough to help kids forge cultural connections to family that is far away. Musician and teacher Patrick Landeza addresses this need to connect in his new children’s book Danny’s Hawaiian Journey. Landeza shows young readers that you don’t need to board a plane to make a journey of self discovery. The book reading will include a performance on the slack key, for which Landeza has won a Na Hoku Hanohano, Hawaii’s most prestigious music award. Free.

February 8, 10:30-1pm
Teaching chef Shirley Karasawa offers the ins and outs of making and enjoying okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake. After feeding your appetite, Karasawa will lead a tour of Uwajimaya and help you find the best ingredients for Japanese meals. General ticket: $35, Members $27. Class limit is 13 people.

January 18, 5:30pm
Filmmaker Eliachi Kimaro was reluctant to put herself into her film about her father. However, as more truths were unearthed, the lens through which they were seen began to matter more and more. In A Lot Like You, Kimaro – a queer, mixed-race, woman of color with immigrant parents-shares her story of how she came to ask about her family, what she learned, and what she was going to do about it. General tickets $10, Members $8. 

January 18, 4pm
Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, Amy Bhatt and Nalini Iyer’s collection of oral histories, shows how South Asian immigrant experiences in Washington and Oregon have been shaped by changes in the region and how their communities have differed over time and across generations. In exploring the local Pacific Northwest dimension of South Asian diaspora, the oral histories question stereotypes and cultural assumptions made by non-South Asians and South Asians alike. Free.

January 2, 3pm
The Shi-shi mai or lion (dog) dance is often seen at temple and shrine festivals at New Year’s in Japan, when performers visit each home in the neighborhood to cast charms against evil spirits and diseases while receiving offerings. Join us for this special visit from Seattle Choeizan Nichiren Buddhist Temple’s shi-shi mai. Oranges will be offered in thanks. Free.

2013 Events

November 16, 4pm
It was only at age 80 that Mary Matsuda Gruenwald published her first book, the acclaimed WWII Internment memoir Looking Like the Enemy. She reads from all three of her books, including the latest, Becoming Mama-san: 80 Years of Wisdom published this year shortly after her 88th birthday. Free.

December 5, 6pm
Shin Yu Pai reads from her eight book or poetry, Aux Arcs, which brings together new poems with more than a dozen photographs by the author. Pai’s work touches on how we see and experience the world as outsiders while uncovering points of connection that can offer a sense of belong. Free. This event is supported by Poets & Writers.


For more info about these and other programs, see our calendar of events.

Many thanks to the Tateuchi Foundation for ongoing support of this program series. The Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation promotes international understanding, knowledge and the quality of relations between Japan and the United States, providing the Puget Sound region with greater exposure to the performing arts and culture of Japan.


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