How Museum Tours Are Lifting Up Seattle’s Historic Chinatown-International District

Category: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
A tour guide discusses one business at a storefront with a diverse group of individuals.

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience gives tourists a chance to connect with the numerous and varied Asian cultures in Seattle. Through an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded grant that helped community members share their stories, the museum was able to revitalize its community tours.

“Over 30 years ago, community leader Vi Mar launched a tour program called Chinatown Discovery Tours, which operated throughout the C-ID. Upon retirement, she gifted the tour program to The Wing.”

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"The Chinatown-International District has always been the starting place and continues to be the cultural anchor for the region's Asian Pacific American communities." -Cassie Chinn, Deputy Executive Director, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, known as "The Wing," is located in the Chinatown-International District, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seattle.

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