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  • A&S Faculty Present Sacred Seattle at Wing Luke Museum

    September 10, 2010

    Sharon Suh, Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department , and Naomi Kasumi , Director of Digital Design  in the Fine Arts Department  , present "Sacred Seattle," a close-up look at religion and spirituality in Asian Pacific American communities in the Seattle area.  The exhibit is a collaborative effort with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience .

    "Sacred Seattle" presents installation art, symbols, photographs, oral histories,  and interactive pieces in an examination of the ways that religious and spiritual practices have helped Asian Pacific Americans stay strong in the face of racism, poverty, social fragmentation, gender discrimination, and political exclusion. "Sacred Seattle" reveals the complex ways that immigrant communities have created spiritual homes through practices as diverse as creating home altars, attending services, building new religious institutions and engaging in devotional worship, prayers and rituals.

    "While certainly not the only source of transformation, religion nonetheless has been a central source for healing and connection," Suh noted. "The religious communities, practices, texts, and symbols serve as powerful sources of relief from everyday struggles."

    The public is invited to an opening reception at the museum on Thursday, September 16, at 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 20, 2011.


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