My Brother's Legacy

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
A photo of me with Wing after his service in WWII: I'm the one in the lower left, not smiling!
A photo of me with Wing after his service in WWII: I'm the one in the lower left, not smiling!

My oldest brother, Wing Luke, was Student Body President of his High School, when he was drafted to serve in the Army during WWII.  He served honorably in the Pacific Theater. Before the war ended, he had to come home on emergency furlough, to relocate our family from our laundry and living quarters, because the next oldest English-speaking member of the family, was only 13 years old. The landlady evicted us from the laundry by tripling the rent, when she could see the war ending and soldiers returning home to start businesses.  She said "We are at War, and I can't tell them apart!" My brother Wing, served honorably fighting the enemy during WWII, then had to come home to fight the enemy of racism on our home ground. In his legal and political career, Wing Luke became known as a champion for Open Housing and other Social Justice and Civil Rights matters. Cultural heritage preservation was also a guiding principle.  The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is named in honor of Wing - the only Pan-Asian American museum in the nation and an affiliate of the Smithsonian.  There is a Seattle Public School named for Wing.  The current Attorney General for the State of Washington, Bob Ferguson, recognized Wing's legal leadership and in 2016, created the Wing Luke Human Rights Unit in his office.

Place(s): Seattle, WA

– Bettie Luke, Ho Nam-Luke Family Association and Wing Luke Museum Community Advisor

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