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.

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.”
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SCHEDULE

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.
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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.

Presenters:

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)

 

 

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
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TICKET INFO

https://thechinesequestion.brownpapertickets.com/

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.

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2017 Tacoma Moon Festival Success

 


The 2017 Tacoma Moon Festival Program can be viewed here.

2017 Moon Festival – Saturday, September 16

SAVE THE DATE!
2017 TACOMA MOON FESTIVAL
Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 2:00 – 7:00 PM

For more information visit the Moon Festival page.

Check https://www.facebook.com/TacomaMoonFestival/ 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: www.tacomamethod.com. 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.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4679404/chinese-expulsion-reconciliation

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!

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Program

 

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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.

Documentary “Of Race and Reconciliation” Available on KBTC

Dear members and friends,

We are proud to announce the release of the film, “Of Race and Reconciliation,” which tells the story of the “Tacoma Method” and our reconciliation effort. KBTC will air the one-hour documentary “Of Race and Reconciliation” on their website.

THANKS TO THE DONORS AND SPONSORS
Our sincere gratitude to KBTC for the production of the film and all the donors for their generous support and contribution to make this project possible:

Sponsor Level: $10,000
The Russel Family Foundation

Sponsor Level: $5,000
Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation
Bates Family Foundation
KBTC (in-kind)

Sponsor Level: $2,500
CHI Franciscan Health
MultiCare Health System

We look forward to sharing the documentary with our members and a wider audience form the community and nationwide in future CRPF events!

News Tribune Article on Moon Festival

After a year’s break, the Tacoma Moon Festival is coming back Saturday afternoon in Reconciliation Park on Tacoma’s waterfront. The free festival features lion dancers, Chinese opera, tea, Tibetan beer and more.

Read more here.