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Donations for Chinatown-International District Organizations

The Seattle Buddhist Betsuin Temple, an organization that provided research support for Searching for Saito, was damaged by an arsonist on New Year's Eve 2023. 


In Japanese culture, New Year's is perhaps the biggest holiday of the year for family and friends.  An important time of gathering.  The arson damage at this time of year and with continued anti-Asian violence in the United States, particularly since the start of the 2020 pandemic, affects many hearts.

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The Wing Luke Museum experienced vandalism, a hate crime, on September 14, 2023. Nine storefront-sized windows were shattered by an individual while a tour group and staff were inside. The windows facing Canton Alley are ones I know well from my time studying and painting the collections. I have had the honor of having artwork featured twice in those windows for Love Letters to the C-ID exhibits. They also face the Sun May shop, where Connie Chinn-Magorty keeps her family legacy of running the store ongoing. Her brother, Donnie, was a tremendous force for good in the C-ID, founding the IDEC. He and his team provided emergency services for decades to the neighborhood.

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Photo credits: Love Letters 2.0 and 3.0 photos by Miya Sukune; Damaged windows by Phil Marzano for South Seattle Emerald newspaper.

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