History Link, the on-line encyclopedia of Washington State history, has over 100 essays about Asian American heritage in the state, including:

Chinese Americans
International District Cybertour
Japanese Americans in Seattle and King County
Korean Americans in King County: A Snapshot History
Seattle Neighborhoods: Chinatown-International District - Thumbnail History
Southeast Asian Americans



Buloson Memorial Exhibit
An in-depth look at this renowned Filipino American writer and the community in which he lived.

Densho is a Japanese term meaning "to pass on to the next generation," or to leave a legacy. This legacy project documents the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, an unprecedented event that had a major impact on Seattle's history.

Filipino American National Historical Society
This national organization was founded in 1982, and is an excellent source of information on Filipino American history, scholarship and artistic work.


Independent bookstores such as the Elliott Bay Book Company and the University Book Store have a wide selection of local history books. Gift shops at the Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) offer a selection of heritage books as well. Several web sites list comprehensive bibliographies of scholarly works related to Asian American culture and history; the list below is a sampling of works of general interest.

Divided Destiny: A History of Japanese Americans in Seattle
By David Takami, Seattle: Wing Luke Asian Museum and UW Press, 1998. An intimate portrait of Seattle's Japanese American community from the earliest pioneers through the late 20th century.

Reflections of Seattle's Chinese Americans: The First Hundred Years
Edited by Ron Chew, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
A thoughtful collection of essays edited by one of the community's heritage leaders.

Seattle's International District: The Making of a Pan-Asian American Community
By Doug Chin, Seattle: International Examiner Press, 2001.
A comprehensive history of one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods and the only one of its kind in America where Chinese, Japanese and Filipino settlers created an integrated community.

Sento at Sixth and Main: Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American Heritage
By Gail Dubrow, Seattle: Seattle Arts Commission, 2000.
A beautifully illustrated book documenting several Japanese American heritage sites.

Shirakawa: Stories of a Pacific Northwest Japanese American Community
By Stan Flewelling, Auburn, Washington: White River Valley Museum and UW Press, 2002.
A lovely description of life in an agricultural community south of Seattle.

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Seattle Native American Heritage Brochure
Download the guide here.