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2020 Membership Letter

Dear Members and Friends of CRPF:

Happy New Year! On behalf of the CPRF Board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you a very best Year of the Rat!

As we enter a new decade, the Board and I look forward to continuing our work in bringing further awareness of the past history of our city and assisting the City of Tacoma on the development of the Chinese Reconciliation Park. 2020 marks the 135th anniversary of the expulsion of Tacoma’s Chinese population, and we invite you to attend several events this year to not only commemorate the past but also to celebrate the progress Tacoma has made as a culturally diverse city 135 years later.

Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us. Event details and invitations are forthcoming. Stay tuned!

February 20, 2020 @University of Puget Sound
CRPF Annual Membership Meeting

Talk by Professor Beth Lew-Williams, Princeton University
135th Anniversary Presentation

April 25, 2020 @Ming Palace
Annual Dinner and Auction

August 12, 2020 MahJong Night with CRPF Members and Friends
Venue and admission to be announced

September 19, 2020 @Chinese Reconciliation Park
Annual Tacoma Moon Festival

If you would like to join our email list, please contact us at or call us at 253-330-8818.

I hope we can count on your support again in 2020. Your financial contribution is crucial to our work. To make a 2020 pledge of membership and/or to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to the Foundation, please click here.


I look forward to seeing you at our events this year!

With warm regards and best wishes,

Theresa Pan Hosley


MEMBER EVENT: Tea Lecture & Tea Tasting

Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 PM
Lecture + Q&A + Tea Tasting
Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center
University of Puget Sound

An Evening with Teabook Founder & Tea Master,
Jeffrey McIntosh, on decoding the mystic of Pu’er tea
and the ever-changing premium tea market in China.


We are pleased to invite you to attend a South Puget Sound Chinese Culture Presentation, All About Pu’er:  an evening with Teabook founder and tea master Jeffrey McIntosh to learn about the history and making of this complex fermented tea from Yunnan, China. Tea tasting will be offered after the lecture and refreshments will also be provided. No ticket or reservation is needed. In addition, there will be time for Q&A about Chinese tea in general and also a chance to meet some of our Board Members from CRPF and other community leaders.

Teabook will have quality Pu’er tea available for sale at the event.

Co-hosted by the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington and the Asian Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound.

Play about The Tacoma Method

The Chinese Question: The Tacoma Method

November 3-4, 2017

Empathos Company launches into local history with The Chinese Question: The Tacoma Method. This is a staged reading with music and live produced sound effects set inside of a courtroom in Court House Square in downtown Tacoma on November 3-4, 2017 at 1102 A St., Tacoma, WA.

From a Buffalo soldier to a Chinese merchant to a sheriff’s widow to a city mayor, The Chinese Question explores the actions and events that led into the 1885 Chinese expulsion in Tacoma.  Empathos company’s hyper objective is to give a copy of the script to local museums, touring theatre groups, and schools to reach students with this story.

The Chinese Question: The Tacoma Method is a new play written by Alana Fineman, John Levi III, and Samantha Chung.  Traditional Chinese erhu music will be played by Yiying Zhou from the Chinese Arts and Music Association and Seattle Chinese Orchestra.

Actors include:

Percy Lam
Everett McCracken
Virginia Yanoff
John Levi III
Jillian Lee
Tim Hoban
Susan Kaeka
Alana Fineman
Laurice Roberts
Charlie Stevens
Richard Lee
Claire Garcia
Joseph Grant

Purchase tickets in advance online!  Cash only at the box office the night of the reading.

Appropriate for anyone 12 years and older | Wheelchair accessible venue
Doors open at 7:00pm and the play reading begins at 7:30pm.
Running time: 90 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.



Nov. 4 Walk for Reconciliation

Chinese Expulsion Walk for Reconciliation 
Saturday, November 4, 2017 

Join us on a Walk for Reconciliation to recognize and remember the anniversary of the Chinese Expulsion of 1885. The walk will begin at the Chinese Reconciliation Park and end at Tacoma Art Museum. In 2010, Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation hosted its first Walk for Reconciliation from Union Station to the Chinese Reconciliation Park to remember the 125th anniversary of the Tacoma Chinese Expulsion. This 2nd Walk for Reconciliation is planned in conjunction with TAM’s current exhibition
Zhi LIN: In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads.

CRPF President Theresa Pan Hosley notes that this program is “more than a walk of remembrance, it’s an opportunity to support one another and demonstrate that every person deserves dignity and respect.”


8:30 am Meet at the Chinese Reconciliation Park (Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402).  Light refreshments and coffee will be provided. Participants will have the opportunity to write few words on railroad ballast rocks and carry them back to TAM.

9:00 am Begin walk to Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402). Route will follow along Ruston Way sidewalk, the entire walk will be approximately 3 miles. Please dress for weather.

10:30 am-12:30 pm
Tacoma, Railroads, and Constructing the West @ TAM

After the Walk for Reconciliation concludes, participants can choose to visit the Tacoma Art Museum and attend a panel presentation by scholars and community leaders. Topics of presentation include the contributions of the Chinese to the railroads, anti-Chinese legislation and legacy, the expulsion, and the work of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation. This event is co-hosted by the Tacoma Art Museum. Admission to the museum is required.


Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Professor at Stanford University)
Shawn Wong (Professor at the University of Washington)
Zhi LIN (Artist and Professor at the University of Washington)
Theresa Pan (President of Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation)



2017 Moon Festival – Saturday, September 16

Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 2:00 – 7:00 PM

For more information visit the Moon Festival page.

Check for program updates.

2016 Annual Dinner & Auction Sucess!

Thank you, attendees, donors, performers, volunteers, and members of the Board for your support and participation at the 2016 Annual Dinner & Auction held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Bates Technical College. Please click here to view Event Program.

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Watch the Puyallup Tribe’s welcome here.

View more pictures from our volunteer photographer Liz Satterthwaite.

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See the wonderful performance of Nanxi Jiang playing the Guzheng here.

Special thanks to the following organizations and individuals!

Bates Technical College:
Executive Dean, Lin Zhou
Culinary Program Chefs/Instructors, Roger Knapp, JJ Meland, Richard Houle Program Students
Campus Security
Facilities & Operations

Executive Director/General Manager, Dean of Instruction, Ed Ulman

Community partners:
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Chief Leschi Schools
Korean Women’s Association
Confucius Institute of the State of Washington

Sylvia Miller & DavidDuenas, Puyallup Tribe Welcoming
Nanxi Jiang, Guzheng Performance, Annie Wright Schools (12th grade)
(Yoly Niu, assisting Nanxi)

Silent, Live Auction Items, Ticket & Wine Donation:
Diane Bai & Clay Zhang
Dali Chen & Shenhong You
Bill Evans
Pepa Lago-Grana
Zheng Ge & Lucy Zhou
Paul & Chunman Gissing
Minh-Anh Hodge
Larry and Theresa Pan Hosley
Margaret Yi Hui
Arlene Joe and Richard Woo
Lillian Koblenz
Linda C J Lee
Xin Liu and Meiyi Ma
Carolina Nurik
Patsy Surh O’Connell, APCC
Lotus Perry
Betinna Stanley
Susan Westberg
Xiaohong Yang
Greg Youtz & Becky Frehse
Gurtis Yu, Yu Tang Ceramics
Yingqi Zheng

Dessert Dash Dessert Providers:
Suzanne and Redmond Barnett
Celebrity Cake Studio
Lena Gibson
Minh-Anh Hodge
Larry and Theresa Pan Hosley
Mary Beth King (The Green Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast)
George Maxwell (Uncle George Cooks)
Randy Perry
Judy Tyson & Tim Bernthal
Greg Youtz

Annual Dinner Planning Committee:
Clarita Grant
Theresa Pan Hosley
Jill Magnuson
Lotus Perry, Co-Chair
Lucy Zhou, Co-Chair

Susan Westberg, Coordinator
Bettina Stanley
Sheryl Rogel
Judy Tyson
Jing ‘Tina’ Yu
Students from Stadium High Honor Society
Students from University of Puget Sound
Liz Satterthwaite, Photographer

OrgSupport Staff:
Craig Ottavelli
Timmian Smith



Save the date – 2016 Annual Dinner!

SAVE THE DATE for our annual fundraising dinner!
Friday, March 4, 2016
More information is forthcoming and tickets will be available for purchase online.

2015 Annual Dinner & Auction SUCCESS!

Thank you, attendees, volunteers, artists, and members for your support and participation at the 2015 Annual Dinner & Auction held on Friday, March 6, 2015.

20150306_1814_064Please feel free to view the rest of the beautiful photos taken at this years Annual Dinner & Auction!

Thank you to the generous support of:


Silent & Live Auction, Raffle Items & Tickets:
Jacque Allen
Miriam Barnett
Suzanne and Redmond Barnett
Blue Mouse Theater
Bill and Ann Evans
Christine Burris
Zheng Ge & Lucy Zhou
Larry and Theresa Pan Hosley
Arlene Joe and Richard Woo
Michele L Johnson
Linda CJ Lee
Xin Liu and Meiyi Ma
Metropolitan Market
Carolina Nurik
Randy & Lotus Perry
Starbucks Old Town
Stephanie A Stebich
Lorraine Toler
Wing Luke Asian Museum
Baishan Zhang
Yingqi Zheng

Dessert Items:
Suzanne and Redmond Barnett
Celebrity Cake Studio
Lena Gibson
Mary Beth King (The Green Cape Cod bed & Breakfast)
Myrna Loy-Zolyomi
George Maxwell (Uncle George Cooks)
Lotus Perry
Judy Tyson
Greg Youtz
Lucy Zhou

Community Partners and Table Captains

Blitz and Company
Cathy Bank
Korean Women Association
Pacific Northwest Shop
Kyong Arbeeny
Bill Evans
Minh-Anh Hodge/Myling Nguyen
Theresa Pan Hosley
Larry Hosley
Erling Kuester
Ron Langrell
Jim LeGro
Linda CJ Lee
Rui Long
Myrna Loy-Zolyomi
Robert Mack
Lotus Perry
Jill Thorsen
Lynn Wilmot-Stenehjem
Lihuan Wung
Lucy Zhou
Greg Youtz

Guest Performers
Anni Liu
Rui Long
Judy Hulbert
Greg Youtz

Volunteers and Planning Committee

Jim LeGro
Larry Hosley
Therea Pan Hosley
Lotus Perry
Greg Youtz
Lucy Zhou, Chair

Nik Arteaga-Barrett
Mark Hosley
Sheryl Rogel
Yingqi Zheng
Jason Zhu
Students from Stadium High Honor Society
Students from University of Puget Sound

OrgSupport Staff:
Craig Ottavelli
Timmian Smith
Marsha Longmeier
Viktoria Rush

Special Thanks to:
Bates Technical College
Dean of Instruction, Lin Zhou

Culinary Program:
Chef and Instructors, Roger Knapp, JJ Meland
Program Students
Campus Security
Facilities & Operations

Executive Director/General Manager, Dean of Instruction
Ed Ulman

See our program HERE




Annual CRPF Dinner & Auction!

Join CRPF on Friday, March 6, 2015 to celebrate with great food and great company! Enjoy delicious food and wine with friends and learn more about the development of the Chinese Reconciliation Park and what is upcoming this year! There will also be a silent auction during the event.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $60 each. Seating is limited. Advance purchase preferred, but reserved tickets are available (see below).

If you need to reserve tickets & pay at the door, please email and include names of all guests, email address, telephone numbers, and addresses.

5:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: Bates Technical College
Downtown Auditorium, Tacoma
1101 South Yakima Avenue
Keep a look out for our next more detailed announcement!

Phone: (253) 330-8828

Check out the photos below of the Moon Princess Bell, that will be the live auction item for the dinner!

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The wonderful artist behind this masterpeice is Christine Burris. She was born in Portland, Oregon, Christine took to art as soon as she was able to hold a pencil.  Summers spent sailing in the San Juan Islands and her family’s favorite hikes in Mt. Rainier National Park carved permanent images in her mind’s eye of the Puget Sound Region. These experiences continue to influence her work.   An honors graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Christine was influenced by sculptor Tom Torrens and glass artist Mark Gulsrud.

Since 1993, Christine has been teaching Glass, Ceramics, Sculpture, Drawing and Painting at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Washington.  As a strong supporter of her community, Christine donates selected pieces to charities such as the Gig Harbor History Museum, Washington Water Trails Association, The Community Inclusion Program, and The Peninsula High School Booster Club.  
Christine is also an avid Hiker and Sea Kayaker volunteering with BSA and Venture Crew 220, leading trips and teaching with the Tacoma Mountaineers, Kayak Academy and now with Rogue Wave Adventures.

She has two sons: Kyle age 22, and Colin age 25 who have literally grown up in the studio and classroom.  They often help her with her work.

2014 Tacoma Moon Festival Sponsors

Thanks to the generous donation and support from our community partners and sponsors. It’s not too late, become a festival supporter with any amount of contribution. Contact us at today!

Harvest Moon Sponsorship ($5,000)
Dr. Hsushi Yeh Fund of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Half Moon Sponsorship ($1,000 – $2,499)
Arlene Jo and Richard Woo
Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Puget Sound
Connelly Law Offices
Delta Airline
Dr. James and Eileen Kelley
Key Bank Foundation
Korean Women’s Association
Liu Xin and Ma Meiyi
Port of Tacoma
Zheng Ge and Lucy Zhou

Quarter Moon Sponsorship ($500- $999)
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Old Town Business Association
The Pacific Northwest Shop and Colors

Crescent Moon Sponsorship ($250 – $499)
Calvin and Josesa Pearson
Megan Miller
University Dental, PS

Community In-kind Service Partners:
City of Tacoma
IBEW Local 76
Tacoma Art Museum
Tangram Design

Media Sponsors:
Click! Cable TV
Radio Hankook
KBTC Public Television
Woodstock Media Group

Look for more details to come both on Facebook and on our website!