Explore the top countries of origin for immigrants in each state from 1850 to 2013.
If there is one thing we teach here at the Wing Luke Museum– it is that histories are never definitive. We have designed this presentation to highlight some events in the Asian and Pacific American timeline. We should always keep in mind that the details here are as much a part of American History as the suffragettes, abolitionists, civil rights struggle, and sock hops. The image should take any classroom directly to the presentation. To play– click play. Use the right and left arrow keys to navigate the presentation.
This timeline can be used for any grade level.
One of Seattle’s first Chinese immigrants, Chin Gee Hee, lead a particularly nuanced life. He arrived to Seattle in the early 1860s. He partnered with Chin Chun Hock to start the Wa Chong Company. They supplied many items including rice, teas and more. The company also supplied labor to industries such as the railroads. 12,000 Chinese men helped build America’s railroad system. It is said by Chin Gee Hee’s descendants that he was at the hammering of the Golden Spike.
In time he was wooed back to China, to invest in infrastructure that would build China’s future in a more modern, industrial world. And so he built the Sun Ning Railroad Company.