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Bettie Sing Luke

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Vice President

Local Address:  Seattle , Washington , United States
Ho Nam - Luke Family Association

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"This resolution is a very significant ..., 5 Aug 2015 [cached]
"This resolution is a very significant step towards recognizing one of the great -but often overlooked - injustices in our city's history," said CACA member Bettie Luke, whose grandfather was Mayor Yesler's servant at the time of the 1886 riots.
"It was because of his leadership ..., 25 May 2008 [cached]
"It was because of his leadership that we kids developed the way we did," said jovial, husky-voiced sister Ruby Luke, who along with Young and sister Bettie Luke helped shape the vision for the reborn museum.
Appointed assistant attorney general for the state's civil-rights division in 1957, Luke won a position on Seattle's City Council five years later, at age 38.He helped pass Seattle's open housing ordinance, with provisions against racial discrimination, and earned praise for leading with optimism, compromise and conviction.
Luke's rising career came to an abrupt end when, while returning from a fishing trip, his small plane crashed in Okanogan County, the wreckage not found for several years.
Born Feb. 25, 1925, near Guangzhou, China, Luke came to the U.S. at age 6 and grew up the oldest of seven children whose Chinese immigrant parents ran a laundry in the University District.He tackled the challenge of English head-on, learning to subvert bullying with humor, wit and, eventually, a talent for cartooning.
At the time, the country was in the thick of World War II, and upon graduation, Luke joined the Army.His service would take him to Guam, Korea, New Guinea and the Philippines, where he earned a Bronze Star.
If there was a single incident that lit her brother's fire for social activism, said sister Bettie, it was the family's eviction from their University District apartment during World War II.Their landlady, she said, threw the whole family out, forcing Wing to return home on furlough to help them relocate: "She said, 'We're still at war.I can't tell them apart, and I don't want them around here.' "
After the war, Luke returned to Seattle, where he earned political-science and public-administration degrees at the UW, led the school's Young Democrats group and was elected president of his sophomore class.
He was forever the teacher, challenging and enlightening his siblings.He always urged them to read, even if it was just a cereal box at breakfast.When he went away to graduate school at American University in Washington, D.C., he'd encouraged Marge to write."I was about 8 years old," she said.
In other words, added Bettie, the baby of the family, while ancient silks and jades already had a home, it was "the everyday culture, the living culture, that's going to die away and needs to be preserved."
The three sisters will stay involved with the expanded facility, collaborating on exhibits for the museum's Luke Family Association Room, a new space they lobbied to create in honor of the family organizations that once helped recent immigrants get on their feet.The Luke Family Association was one of five that once met in the building; one of the other family rooms has been preserved as part of the museum's "historic immersion" experience.
"The Luke family spirit was already there," Bettie said.
The museum, which now includes a large community space, is a tribute to their brother's dreams and principles, Luke's sisters say.
Bettie, who is administrative director for the Greater Seattle chapter of the Organization for Chinese Americans, said the facility "will continue to educate across generations and cultures.
International Examiner - The Journal of the Northwest Asian Pacific American Communities, 20 June 2008 [cached]
Bettie Luke, office and project manager of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Greater Seattle Chapter, said there had been a "growing awareness" within OCA of an "increasing influx of professionals from other countries."
K-12 STUDY CANADA, 6 May 2011 [cached]
Presenters: Judy Lam Maxwell (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), Rebeca Lau (University of British Columbia), John Jung (California State University Long Beach), Charles Wong (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Foundation of Peace and Education) and Bettie Luke (Wing Luke Asian Museum).
Bettie Luke, of the ..., 16 Feb 2008 [cached]
Bettie Luke, of the Organization of Chinese Americans, recalled Woo's beginnings as a community leader: "In the mid 1950s, Ben was part of a group referred to as the ,Young Turks' , the next generation out from the traditional Chinatown leaders.
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