The 2017 Tacoma Moon Festival Program can be viewed here.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Enter now to participate in the 2016 Tacoma Moon Festival Photo Contest! Share your photos of the 2016 Tacoma Moon Festival to enter the festival’s photo contest! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and tag #MoonFestival253. You also can submit photos by email to info@TacomaChinesePark.org. There are three categories: Landscape, Culture and Festival Spirit.
The winning photos will appear on the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation and Tacoma Moon Festival Website and Facebook pages and in future print and online promotional materials with credits to the winning photographers. The winning photographers will be invited to a special reception and will receive Tacoma Moon Festival prizes. Your pictures also will help build excitement about the Moon Festival and Chinese Reconciliation Park – thank you!
All photographs must be taken on the day of the Tacoma Moon Festival, September 24, 2016. All photographs must be submitted no later than September 30, 2016. Thank you for helping us share the story of this special place!
Take a look at an old brochure describing the Chinese expulsion and reconciliation process here!
Recently 7th grade students at Sequoyah Middle School in Federal Way completed a unit on the Chinese Expulsion and wrote letters to CRPF board members. The letters can be read here. Thanks to all of the students and teacher Amy Heritage-McDonald for all of your work!