The Wing


NEH Landmarks Teacher's Institute

2019 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture
Workshop for School Teachers

From Immigrants to Citizens: 
Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest  

Location: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, Washington

Application Submission Deadline: March 1, 2019 (Must be postmarked by this date)

Notification of Awardees: March 29 (Awardees must accept or decline by April 5)


Session 1:            July 7-13 (Sunday – Saturday)

Session 2:            July 21-27 (Sunday – Saturday)

Teachers Receive a stipend of $1,200 for their participation and to cover expenses.

The Wing Luke Museum(the Wing) invites educators to Seattle to experience American history through the stories of, through the eyes of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who built this and other regions of our nation. Join scholars, historians, a playwright, artists and museum professionals to explore these histories through lecture, exploration of historic sites, and curriculum development. We will work together to further develop your love of American history and to create lessons for your classrooms using archival documents, artifacts and place-based teaching.

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans played, and continue to play, significant roles in the transformation of regions, cities, and communities. These immigrants, refugees and Americans are greatly ignored in the discourse on which peoples helped build America; whether the railroads, in mining, salmon or other fisheries, aquaculture, aviation, civil rights and social change.

The Wing’s week-long institutes are structured around the themes of Immigration and Exclusion (mid-1880s-1924), Struggles and Contributions of Laborers (1870-present), and Representation and Memorialization (1898-present). We will focus on the hidden histories of the Asian Pacific American pioneers, from the earliest Native Hawaiians who navigated the Pacific Coast and worked for the Hudson Bay Trading Company in the early 1800s through the Chinese, Punjabi and other South Asians, Filipino, Korean and Japanese immigrant laborers who were integral to the pre-World War II development of this region and beyond.

The workshop will offer experiences rooted in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, field trips to regional sites of historic and cultural significance, and presentations from national faculty.

For over 50 years, the Wing has been and continues to be a leader in community-based cultural, historical and contemporary arts museums. Our mission is to “connect everyone to the dynamic history, cultures and art of Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences, to advance racial and social equity.” Through our scholarship, historic interpretation, collections, storytelling, collaborations and our dynamic work of partnering with schools and districts to enhance social studies, history and ELA programs—the Wing seeks to tell a wider story of our region and nation.

We are transitioning to a new website in the next few weeks. As such, we have listed all the relevant information that is available within each of the bullets below.

Download the Application and Other Materials Here:

Please send, in TRIPLICATE, all application materials via SNAIL MAIL to: 

Wing Luke Museum

719 South King Street

Seattle, WA 98104

Attn: NEH
Wing Luke Museum has reserved rooms for up to 40 people at the American Hotel located here in the Chinatown-International District. The American is a hostel with mostly shared rooms, but participants in previous years have appreciated the proximity to the museum, and the affordability of the rooms. We are looking into other accommodations, but are conscientious about keeping the cost down, as Seattle has become a relatively expensive city. The cost for a single room is $80 and up. Shared rooms $45 and up.

American Hotel
520 S King St Seattle WA 98104-2834 
Phone: 206-622-5443


Charlene Mano Shen

Senior Community Programs Specialist
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St.
Seattle, WA 98104-3035
206/623-5124 ext 110

Rahul Gupta

Director, Education and Tours
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St.
Seattle, WA 98104-3035
206/623-5124 ext 132

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is located in Seattle's historic Chinatown-International District and its mission is to connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences. 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.   

Praise from Past Participants

“…The speakers were passionate and resourceful about the topic and providing ways to incorporate artifacts, text, and other evidence. The speakers were engaging and relevant and hearing their personal stories and experiences added a component to the workshop that made an emotional impact. This is so important as we attempt to broaden our students understanding of our history and how they fit in to that.”

 “…What was most helpful were the onsite visits to the locations we read about. it really put the experiences to a more tangible reality. The overarching approach that most of the lectures had about the subject matter was also enlightening as it helps to maintain a wider lens with which to view the time frames.”

 “…Even thought there were plenty of materials to read prior to the workshop, I find them very useful for my preparation of this study.”

 “…The content was terrific!! The field trips were equally terrific. I think the Port Townsend trip was so valuable in tying in how immigration worked in the PNWH instead of simply as an Angel Island focus, which most teachers w/o the workshop would do.”

 “…I now have a deeper understanding of AA/PI immigration experience and the obstacles and challenges that they faced in their new home country. Dr. Fujita-Rony's presentation on "home" and space was powerful. I will be using her questions and ideas in my courses as I teach modern day movements of people.”

 “…The speakers were very knowledgeable on their subjects and willing to engage the teachers as well as challenges current practices of teaching history. I am leaving here with different tenses to view history current student needs (Saturday lecture with Dr. Hune had a renewed energy to avoid timeline teaching of event by event but start from stories - people and extrapolate. I feel that there is a huge room for expansion of this concept.”



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