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Special Recognition


The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington, is a leader in telling the story of Chinese immigrants in the Old West. Its July 2010 “Chinese Heritage Tour of the American West” deserves special recognition.

Thirty-five people took the seven-day trip, which the museum offered in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service. They traveled through Oregon, Idaho and Nevada to explore the history of Chinese Americans in the mid-1800s through early 1900s—especially in the old mining towns.

One of the participants said the journey was as important as the destinations. That’s a great tribute to a remarkable event. We hope the Wing Luke will offer the heritage tour again.

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