In 2002, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience embarked upon an extraordinary journey to transform a building and a community by raising $23.2 million to rehabilitate the historic East Kong Yick Building, a largely unoccupied historic single room occupancy hotel as its new permanent home. Our renovations resulted in reclaiming and inhabiting an underutilized structure in the Chinatown-International District, a neighborhood which has the highest inventory of vacant buildings in the city.
In 2008, with the help of more than 100 dedicated campaign volunteers, and contributions from 1,500 individuals, companies, foundations and public agencies plus a New Market Tax Credit deal, the Museum completed the capital project and moved into our new home. Since moving in, we’ve become an economic anchor and concierge for our neighborhood.
– Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience