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Annual Dinner 2019

Annual Dinner & Auction Success!

Thank you for your attendance and support

On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and volunteers of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, we want to sincerely thank everyone who attended and participated in our auction event on Saturday, June 2, 2018. This year’s event had seen 200 guests, and was our most successful yet. We raised over $30,000 that we will use to highlight the Chinese Reconciliation Park and acknowledge an important part of Tacoma’s history and heritage.

We plan to use this momentum to carry us to our Moon Festival and hope you will plan to attend. This year’s Tacoma Moon Festival will be held at the Park site on September 15, 2018. As we continue to raise awareness about our organization, our mission of reconciliation, and the beautiful waterfront park that serves as a symbol for healing, we thank you for your participation.

If you have any questions about the development of the park or would like to get more involved, please contact us at

2018 Annual Dinner & Auction was held at
Ming Palace
8736 S. Hosmer St., Tacoma, WA 98444

Check out CRPF 2018 Dinner & Auction Photo Album

2018 CRPF Annual Membership Meeting

CRPF Annual Membership Meeting

Missed the meeting? No worry. Take a look at this presentation and learn what CRPF had been working on and achieved in 2017. Click here to download the PPT presentation. 

Please join us at our 2018 annual membership meeting to learn about current projects the Foundation has been working on.  Meet our broad members, ask questions, and see how you can get involved.

February 20, 2018
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Wyatt Hall Room 109
University of Puget Sound
Campus Map 

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 Tacoma Moon Festival Success


The 2017 Tacoma Moon Festival Program can be viewed here.

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.

C-SPAN Visits Chinese Reconciliation Park

C-SPAN interviewed University of Puget Sound Professor Andrew Gomez about the Tacoma Chinese expulsion and reconciliation at Chinese Reconciliation Park on June 4, 2017. The interview will be featured on American History TV on C-SPAN 3 in early August! Students in Prof. Gomez’s digital history class developed a website about the 1885 Tacoma Chinese Expulsion: Come visit the park and learn more!

#Tacoma #ChineseReconciliationPark C-SPAN

Chinese Expulsion and Reconciliation Andrew Gomez talked about how Tacoma, Washington’s Chinese population was driven out of the city in 1885. Today, the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park represents the city’s acknowledgment of the Chinese expulsion, and serves as a reminder of the city’s multicultural past, present and future.

2017 Annual Dinner and Auction

A huge thank you to our nearly 200 attendees at this year’s annual dinner and auction! 2017 was our most successful year yet!








View more pictures here. All pictures courtesy of Liz Satterthwaite.


View pictures from past dinner auctions here.

President Theresa Pan-Hosley – Greater Tacoma Peace Prize 2016 Laureate

Congratulations to our board president Theresa Pan-Hosley for receiving the 2016 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize! The text of her speech can be read below. Learn more about the Tacoma Peace Prize here.


Good evening everyone!  It is an honor to be here with you all tonight and I am grateful to be here to celebrate what I see as a crucial part of our culture.

When I see peace, I see serenity and graceful movement.  When I hear peace I listen for soothing tones.  When I smell peace is smell a freshness and a crispness of the air.  And when I say peace, it is with joy.  But when I make peace, it is with passion, effort, sweat and thoughtfulness.  This is one of the many reasons I appreciate The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize’s effort to celebrate the term “peace”.  Peace typically can be simplified to the absence of conflict or lack of activity.  But peace ultimately is an action.  Finding peace of mind takes self control.  And peace on a worldly scale takes understanding of the differences that ultimately unify us.  There are so many aspects(ways) of obtaining this harmony that cannot be done without effort of all parties involved.  And this is clear in our efforts with the Chinese Reconciliation Park.  Not only have I been able to work with our Board members to bring our vision of peace to life, but our great city of Tacoma had join us in our efforts.  We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to reconcile the tragic expulsion of the Chinese community in November 1885.  And as our board knows, over 20 years of work has gone into bringing everything to fruition.  The location of the park is very close to where the old Chinese community was.  So, the park is the home of where the heart is.  From the very beginning, it was our core mission to create a safe place for all visitors regardless of personal background and personal beliefs.  Our hope is that our park will bring a sense of reconciliation and acceptance.  As the King of Norway recently stated “despite our differences, we are one people”. (I hope my belief in peace will go as viral as King’s speech) I appreciate this honor because it affirms that the park’s vision is bringing attention to the fact that our vision of peace and reconciliation is evident.  This is honoring not only the hours of work put into the park, but everyone’s personal work to find peace and bring peace to everyone.

Thank you all for such a lovely evening.