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About Ron

Ron Chew is principal of Chew Communications.  He served as executive director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum from 1991-2007.  Known as an innovator using cutting-edge presentations with a locally oriented emphasis, Ron helped redefine museums by melding cultural identity, civic participation, and museum programs into a new tool in the fight for social justice.

Through his leadership, Ron was instrumental in turning around the struggling Wing Luke Asian Museum and setting its course to become a culturally thriving and financially viable institution. Ron is a recipient of the
Ford Foundation “Leadership for a Changing World” award and an honoree of the Association of American Museum’s Centennial Honor Roll that recognized the top 100 people who  helped make America’s museums places of discovery, inspiration, joy, and life long learning.

Prior to his career at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, he worked for over 13 years as editor of the International Examiner, an acclaimed newspaper in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. There, he was instrumental in a larger movement to recognize the role of ethnic and neighborhood newspapers in anchoring healthy communities.

From 2008-2010 Ron served as community-scholar-in-residence at the University of Washington, teaching in the graduate program in museology.  In 2010 Ron became director of the ICHS Foundation.  He is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader at museum and cultural conferences in the U.S. and Canada.