The Wing Luke Asian Museum’s capital campaign project received a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust based in Vancouver, Wash., earlier this month. The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

Committed to contributing to the economic development of the International District/Chinatown neighborhood, the Wing Luke Asian Museum purchased the historic East Kong Yick Building on Eighth Avenue and King Street that was built by Asian American pioneers in the early 1900s. To date, the museum’s campaign has raised $15.7 million, about 68 percent of their goal, to transform this building for the Museum’s new home. Construction will start in early 2006, and the expanded museum will open in early 2008. .

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