The Wing


Teacher's Institute


From Immigrants to Citizens: Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest
2016 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture
Workshop for School Teachers


Seattle, WA
Session 1: July 17-23, 2016 
Session 2: July 31-August 6, 2016
Both sessions run from Sunday afternoon through Saturday noon 

Please join us in the "Emerald City" and walk the footsteps of the earliest pioneers from Asia and the Pacific Islands!

This week-long, 2016 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture summer institute will focus on the hidden histories of the Asian Pacific American pioneers, from the earliest Native Hawaiians who navigated the Pacific Coast and toiled for the Hudson Bay Trading Company in the early 1800s through the Chinese, Punjabi, Filipino, Korean and Japanese immigrant laborers who built the infrastructure of the major cities in this region through World War II.

Through experiences rooted in Seattle's Chinatown-International District, field trips to regional sites of historic and cultural significance, and presentations from a national faculty, NEH Summer Scholars will be able to construct a broad and inclusive perspective of the early American West that includes the economic and social contributions of Asian Pacific Americans. Teachers will have access to archival documents and first person narratives housed at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, meet individuals who have lived the history we are learning, and visit living cultural communities around the Pacific Northwest.

Although focusing on landmarks and events in the Pacific Northwest, the country’s rapidly changing demographics and the critical need for Asian Pacific American curriculum resources in K-12 classrooms make this a much needed workshop. Instrumental to the development of the West Coast, but even more crucial to the dialog of race, inclusion, and national policy, the challenges and successes of the early Asian Pacific Americans will provide a foundation of understanding for contemporary and national issues today.

Please note: Visiting historic sites will require leisurely walks of up to 2 miles within a 90 minute timeframe, with some uphill walking. Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes and be at an adequate fitness level to enjoy these excursions.  


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

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.



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