On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Wing Luke Asian Museum held a Blessing Ceremony at the East Kong Yick Building to honor the lives and legacies of the early Chinese pioneers who built this building almost 100 years ago, as well as the lives of the previous migrant residents who lived alongside this architectural fixture in Seattle’s multicultural Chinatown/ International District. The Blessing Ceremony also invoked a new spirit and energy into the building, which will become the new home of the Wing Luke Asian Museum in 2007.

The Museum has embarked upon a remarkable journey to transform this building and a community by raising $23 million to rehabilitate the Kong Yick Building as its new permanent home in the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. The event included celebrations of songs and dances from various community groups.
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