2019 Moon Festival – Saturday, September 21

Saturday, September 21, 1:00-7:00 pm
Chinese Reconciliation Park
Click to see this year’s

The Tacoma Moon Festival is an annual celebration of the rich diversity of culture in Tacoma today, brought here by our immigrant communities over the 150 years of the city’s history.

This year, special focus is placed upon China, as the City of Tacoma celebrates “Fuzhou Day” in honor of the 25th anniversary of its Sister City relationship with the Chinese city of Fuzhou. Special performers from Fuzhou will perform on the “Fuzhou Ting” stage, as well as professional instrumentalists from the Seattle Chinese Orchestra, and a performance of Beijing Opera by Seattle’s Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club.

Additionally, the stage will host splendid Mexican dance from Seattle’s Bailadores de Bronce, Zimbabwean Marimba music from Jekesa Marimba, the Chief Leschi Drum and Dance Group, and music and dance of the Pacific Islands from Lanuola Samoan Performing Arts Academy.

Food will be available through a number of food trucks, and the Moon Festival’s own stand will offer moon cake sampling and a great variety of traditional treats for sale. A wine and beer garden with local craft libations will be available for adults, and a hands-on crafts booth for all ages. Festival goers can browse among different vendors and info booths, attend tea presentations, watch calligraphers paint paper fans, and observe Chinese opera performers putting on elaborate makeup!

As the festival closes at 7pm, a parade of lanterns will be led by the Moon Princess-always a great photo op for parents with kids! It is a family event so bring the kids and grand kids!

The 7th annual Tacoma Moon Festival would not be possible without community support. The festival annually draws large crowds of attendees from all over the Puget Sound area, and with the event remaining admission free this year, more are expected to attend. Major event sponsors and supporters include Annie Wright Schools, Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, City of Fuzhou, City of Tacoma, Dr. Zhen Ge and Lucy Zhou, Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation, IBEW Local 76, KBTC Public Television, Pacific Northwest Shop and Proctor Mercantile, Tacoma Arts Commission, Tangram Design, University of Puget Sound Asian Studies Program.

Click to download Sponsorship Packet.

We are seeking food vendors that can offer ethnic foods. Click to fill out the Vendor Application Form.

Returning retail vendors and community groups for info booth are welcome!

for program updates.


Annual Dinner 2019

2019 Annual Membership Meeting

Dear Members and Friends of CRPF:

Happy Year of the Pig! 2018 marks another important year for the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, and we want to thank you for your continuing support!

The Board and many volunteers of the Foundation have worked hard on our educational and community outreach events this year, including numerous school visits, park history tours, and a successful annual Tacoma Moon Festival. We continue to work with local teachers and provide class visits to share the past history of our city and the Foundation’s efforts in setting a national reconciliation model. We always welcome additional volunteers that are interested in joining the Foundation’s school visit and park docent team. If you are interested in learning more about these community outreach opportunities, please contact the office or me.

We continue to work with the City of Tacoma on the development of the Chinese Reconciliation Park, as it enters Phase IV of construction, which focuses on the design and building of the Multicultural Pavilion. We hope to complete a scoping design for the Multicultural Pavilion this year, and look forward to sharing further details with you.

As we enter 2019, I hope we can count on your support. Your financial contribution is crucial to our work. Please use the enclosed envelope for your 2019 pledge of membership or to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to the Foundation.

Finally, we invite you to attend our annual membership meeting. This will give you a chance to meet all of our board members and hear more about our plans for this year.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Wyatt Hall Room 109
University of Puget Sound
1500 N Warner St
Tacoma, WA 98416

I look forward to seeing you at our meeting on Tuesday and also in future events!


Theresa Pan Hosley

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 info@tacomachinesepark.org.

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 

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 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 https://www.facebook.com/TacomaMoonFestival/ for program updates.