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Wing Luke Museum to receive $50k for repairs after alleged hate crime

The Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, Washington is set to receive $100,000 combined from the city and the state of Washington to help repair the damages it incurred from an alleged hate crime last year.

According to KING 5, the Seattle City Council approved $50,000 in funding on Tuesday afternoon.

The Wing Luke is a pan-Asian art and history museum. On Sept. 14, 2023, Seattle police responded to reports of man taking a sledgehammer to the window of the museum and shouting racial slurs.

When police arrived, KING 5 reports, the suspect was still at the scene and told police, “The Chinese have been torturing [me] for years and [I have] to do something.”

He was arrested on charges of a hate crime offense and first-degree malicious mischief, or property damage. He will stand trial on April 24.

The Wing Luke Museum has remained open despite the damage to the windows. On April 5, it will display a new exhibit focused on the aging process called “Hello Auntie, Hello Uncle: Conversations with Our Elders.” According to 425 Magazine, it will explore the ever-changing role of elders in the community. 

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