A 20-year board member at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, she's passionate about preserving the city's cultural heritage.
Profile: Gloria Lung Wakayama, mid-40s, of North Seattle, tax and probate attorney. Married, children, ages 10 and 13.
Legacy: Pledged $50,000 in appreciated stock to Seattle’s Wing Luke Asian Museum’s $24.7 million capital campaign for relocation and renovation that will quadruple museum space. Wing Luke is the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum of its kind.
Motivation: A 20-year board member at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, she’s passionate about preserving the city’s cultural heritage.
Her ancestors include Chinese pioneers who pooled money to develop West and East Kong Yick, the city’s first buildings owned by nonwhites. East Kong Yick, closed in 1942 by forced Japanese-American internment, is being renovated to house the museum.
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“So many people have passed through those halls,” says Lung Wakayama. “This preserves the stories of the community. I want my children to know the contributions and sacrifices of their ancestors.”
Why appreciated stock:
It meets the museum’s need for quick infusion of revenue to goose the early “quiet” stage of a capital campaign, while providing a tax advantage for her and husband Dean, who shares her commitment. Wing Luke plans to open in its new home at South King Street and Eighth Avenue South in 2007.