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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

PART 1: Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 7:00-8:30 PM PDT | VIRTUAL | FREE

(Part 2 will be Thursday, July 21, 2022 | 7:00-8:30 PM PDT | VIRTUAL | FREE)

The Wing Luke Museum continues an exploration of regional history and colonialism with personal stories from the early AANHPI communities – panelists who trace their ancestry back to the 1800s and early 1900s – on the theme “why we are here.” Through these personal narratives, we can better understand both the contributions of AANHPI labor and intellect, as well as the roots of racism that still impact us today.

Panelists for Part 1:

  • Nemah Choubaquak (Nisqually/Puyallup/Taidnapam/Klickitat/Kanaka, and direct descendant of John Kalama, who came to the Pacific Northwest from Hawai’i in the 1830s)

  • Bettie Luke (Chinese ancestry, whose father and grandfather had worked in this region before her family settled in Seattle, where Bettie was born)

  • Daniel Pak (Korean ancestry, whose ancestors were among the first from Korea to settle in Hawai’i)

  • Kulwant S. Johl (Sikh/Punjabi, whose grandfather came to Bellingham in 1907).

Please see panelists for Part 2 on the event listing for Thursday, July 21, 2022.

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Welcome to our 2022 Gathering Grounds Series! This year we are continuing our sessions on tribal public health capacity and opioid use disorder prevention and treatment efforts.

Join to learn about other tribal community efforts, share your own stories, and connect with folks across the country and beyond.

This event will be held virtually through Zoom.

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Henry Art Gallery
Seattle, WA
The Henry is excited to welcome Paul Mpagi Sepuya as this year’s Monsen Photography Lecture speaker. This annual lecture brings key makers and thinkers in photographic practice to the Henry. Named after Drs. Elaine and Joseph Monsen, the series is designed to further knowledge about and appreciation for the art of photography.

This lecture will also be live-streamed on the Henry’s YouTube channel.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography and Associate Professor in Media Arts at the University of California, San Diego. His work is in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Guggenheim Museums; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at Vielmetter Los Angeles and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, a survey of work at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, and a project for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Most recently, Sepuya’s solo exhibition, Stage, was on view at Document in Chicago, and a publication co-curated and produced with TBW Books is forthcoming.


FREE. Registration for this event will open in early June. Join our e-newsletter to be notified.

This event is public.

The museum is fully accessible by wheelchair, and we strive to provide services and accommodations for anyone who needs assistance. Assisted listening devices are available upon request. Please email with particular needs or questions you may have.

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