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Our Message of Solidarity with the Asian Community

Posted March 18, 2021

Asian and Pacific-Islander communities continue to face anti-Asian racism and violent attacks throughout our country, region, and city.

Pike Place Market Foundation stands in full support with Asian communities, near and far. We condemn the harm and hatred that white supremacy and xenophobia inflicts upon communities of color.

Pike Place Market has a complicated history with Asian communities. Prior to the 1942 WWII Executive Order that incarcerated Japanese Americans, over 75% of Pike Place Market famers were Japanese.  Sadly, these family farmers were forced off of their farm land, out of our city and never returned to sell at Pike Place Market. It is with sincere regret that the Market didn’t do more at the time to keep these farmers safe in their community.

In the decades since, members of our Market community have made a greater effort to welcome back a diversity of Asian communities. Pike Place Market is proud of the Hmong, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Pacific-Islander, and the many Asian communities not listed here who compose many of our Farm stands, restaurants, and shops.

But our work is far from over. The Market Foundation remains fully committed to supporting the health, economic stability, resource access, and safety of our Asian communities and every member of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities who we can reach in Pike Place Market.