The Seattle Times

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Next generations tell the buried tales of Chinese Northwesterners

Seattle Chinese political pioneer Wing Luke, pictured here at left, was born in 1925 near Canton, immigrated to the U.S. at age 6, was elected student body president at mostly white Roosevelt High School, served with the U.S. Army in Korea, earned a degree in public administration from the UW, and later worked as an assistant state attorney general. His 1962 election to the Seattle City Council made him the first Asian-American to hold a public office in the Northwest. A small-plane crash in 1965 ended his life and launched his family's efforts to establish a museum of Asian-American history bearing his name.