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,
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