Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest

    Dec 13 2013 – Oct 19 2014



Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest uncovers the true stories of the men and women who migrated to the Pacific Northwest from the Asia Pacific to start a new life. The exhibit highlights 16 sites spanning Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia. The Pacific Northwest of the 19th and early 20th centuries could be an unforgiving place, from natural and man-made disasters to discrimination seen in policy and everyday life. By immersing visitors in local sites and personal lives, Grit reminds us of Asian Pacific Americans’ long history of fortitude and resilience as they established communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Grit presents a mix of archival photographs and documents, artifacts from archaeological investigations, and oral histories revealing the exceptional stories behind these and 12 other seemingly ordinary sites and figures in history. Rather than focus on a single, linear narrative of one ethnic group, the selection of sites reflect the diverse landscape of the Pacific Northwest and the experiences of Asian Pacific Americans, from urban centers to rural communities, from merchants to laborers, and more. The array of stories included in Grit asks visitors to revisit sites they thought they knew—such as Bainbridge Island, the Iron Goat Trail, and Whidbey Island—and to see them as a locus for stories of hardship, shame, success, and triumph.



Ah Hee Diggings (Granite, OR)
Camp Murray (Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA)
Chinese Cemetery (Baker City, OR)
Ebey’s Landing Prairie (Whidbey Island, WA)
Great Northern Railway west portal of the Cascade Tunnel (Wellington, WA)
Immigration and Naturalization Service Building (815 Airport Way S., Seattle, WA)
ILWU Local 37 Labor Union Hall (Seattle, WA)
Japanese American family farms (Bainbridge Island, WA)
Japanese Language School (Seattle, WA)
Kam Wah Chung Company (John Day, OR)
Kanaka Village (Fort Vancouver, WA)
Lummi Nation (North coast of Washington State, southern British Columbia)
Minidoka Concentration Camp (Jerome, ID)
Nippon Kan (Seattle, WA)
Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA)
Pope and Talbot Lumber Mill (Port Gamble, WA)
Star of Bengal shipwreck (Coronation Island, AK)

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The Wing and the U.S. Forest Service partnered to create Asian Pacific American Heritage Sites, a guide inspired by the jointly sponsored 2010 Chinese Heritage Tour of the American West. The guide is meant as a starting point for visitors to venture to the sites in person and stand face-to-face with history.



Grit is made possible by the support of community partners and the generosity of our donors and sponsors.


Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington
Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, John Day, Oregon
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington
Port Gamble Historic Museum, Washington
Wallowa Whitman National Forest, Oregon


Season Sponsors
The Wing Donors

Exhibition Lead Sponsor

Exhibition Major Sponsor
The Peach Foundation

Media Sponsor
KUOW 94.9

Additional Season Support
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
MetLife Foundation
幸运快3 Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Additional Exhibition Support
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation
KeyBank Foundation
Muckleshoot Charity Fund
US Bancorp

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