The Wing


A partnership between The Wing and Inscape Arts

A permanent installation on immigration in Seattle tells the story of the people and the process of immigration through the building that was the United States Immigration Station & Assay Office. Signs throughout the building mark significant locations and feature images of the sites before the building was transformed from detention center to creative community. In addition, four artists have contributed pieces that shed light on immigration in various, fascinating ways: a graphic novel, a sound installation, silkscreen prints and encaustic paintings.

Share the experiences of the people who walked the halls before us. Visit Inscape Arts for upcoming Open Studios. Project oral histories and related research available through the Governor Gary Locke Library & Community Heritage Center at The Wing.

Signs throughout the building include:


1. Confiscated Materials | You Can’t Bring That in Here

2. Basement | Search Me

3. Processing Room | Booking In

4. Isolation Cell | Restraint

5. Basement | Stay to the Yellow Line


6. East Stairwell | Securing the Building

7. Swearing-In Room | How Does It Feel to Become a Citizen?

8. Swearing-In Room | How Does It Feel to Become a Citizen?

9. Waiting Room | Is It My Turn Yet?

10. Counter Area | Welcome

11. Counter Area | How Can I Help You?

12. File Room | File This Away


13. Detention Cell East | Detention Dormitories

14. Bathroom East | The Basics of Institutional Life

15. Hospital Room | Good Health

16. Courtyard East | Making a Mark

17. Storage Closet | Making Every Space Count

18. Long-Term Detention Area | 2 Charles

19. Control Room | Keeping Control

20. Detention Cell Center | Short-Timers

21. Detention Cell Center | This Is a Prison, Isn’t It?

22. Courtyard West| Ways to Escape

23. Long-Term Detention Area | Long-Term Detention

24. Detention Cell West | Immigrants Helping Immigrants


25. Isolation Cells | Solitary Confinement

26. Dining Hall and Kitchen | Institutional Food for a World Community

27. Dining Hall and Kitchen | Hunger Strike!

28. Library | Not Much to Read but You Can Research

29. Immigration Court and Visitation Area | Judges & Families

30. Check-In Wall | Taking Care of Business

31. Office of Assistant District Director | Fighting Against Indefinite Detention

32. Office of Assistant District Director | Fighting Against Indefinite Detention


33. Assay Office | Gold!

34. Vault | From Gold to Guns

35. Attic | Are There Ghosts in the Building?

Printable Map (PDF)

Produced by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

With support from INS Holdings, LLC

Featured Artists

Eroyn Franklin
Dionne Haroutunian
Robb Kunz
Joan Stuart Ross


Joysha Fajardo
David Grabias
Dorothy Ng
Nicole Newnham
Dean Wong

Exhibition Text and Oral Histories

Dori Cahn

Exhibition Design

Buoyant Design

Community Advisory Committee Members

Dori Cahn
Ching Chan
Tuck Eng
Jeni Fung
Betty Lau
Jay Stansell
LiChang Li

Oral History Interviewees

David Ayala-Zamora
Dennis Batyuchenko
Obdulia (Dolly) Castillo
Hing Chinn
Jeni Fung
Mohamed Sheikh Hassan
Miyoko Iké
Jacque Larraínzar
LiChang Li
Seyed Mohamed Maulana
George Morones
Ming Ng
Mozhdeh Oskouian
Joseph Pham Xuân Vinh
Phung Quoc Cuong
Vivien Sharples
Jay Stansell
Mikio Tajima
Many Uch

Additional Contributors

Mike Donnelly
Morgan Dusatko
Pramila Jayapal
Ben and Jane Lee
Leanne Leigh
Kimho Ma
Joseph Pentheroudakis
Emiko Tajima

Project Interns

Trevor Bruecher
Nicole Buyagawan
Erin Enos
Annika Firn
Jordan Wong


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