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5/29/2008--Seattle, WA, USA..The Nippon Kan Scrim, a 100 year-old stage curtain from Seattle?s old Nippon Kan Theatre, was painted with advertisements from theatre sponsors and hangs in the museum's Tateuchi Story Theatre..The Wing Luke Asian Museum opens its new permanent home at 719 South King Street in Seattle?s Chinatown/International District after rehabilitating the historic East Kong Yick Building and transforming a community with its successful $23.2 million capital campaign...From its 60,000-square-foot building, the Wing Luke Asian Museum is dedicated to engaging the Asian Pacific American communities and the public in exploring issues related to the culture, art and history of Asian Pacific Americans. A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Museum was founded in 1966 and celebrates its namesake, Wing Luke, the first Asian Pacific American elected to public office in the Pacific Northwest..©2008 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.