Saturday, October 29, 2022
10AM-2PM

From Tollefson Plaza, 1548 Pacific Ave, Tacoma,
to Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, 1741 North Schuster Parkway, Tacoma

Walk for Reconciliation against Racism

Produced by The Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, this free, public, outdoor event will reverse the walking route of the expulsion of the Chinese community from Tacoma in 1885, reclaiming the city for all peoples and cultures during this current era of racist violence against Asians, African Americans, Native Americans and other peoples of color.
The walk, led by civic, educational, business and faith leaders, will begin at Union Station where the Chinese pioneers were marched at gunpoint out of town along the railroad tracks, proceed north through downtown Tacoma where many Chinese businesses and houses once stood, along Schuster Parkway and the railroad- largely built by Chinese labor, and finally arrive at the Chinese Reconciliation Park.
The event will begin with a welcome in Tollefson Plaza at 10 AM. Walkers will arrive at the Chinese Reconciliation Park by 12 noon and the event will conclude with some final remarks, performances and refreshments.
An essay contest will encourage high school students to study the history of the expulsion of the Chinese in 1885, as well as the oppression and violence experienced by many other communities in Tacoma and the United States over the course of the City’s history. Prize-winning essays will be read at the Park at the conclusion of the walk. Details of the essay contest can be found below.
Walkers are encouraged to register online for the event, though all are welcome to join on the day of the event.
This event is free, open to all and families and children are most welcome.

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Please keep your receipt, you can pick up the t-shirt on the day of the event or you can pick up the t-shirt any day after you make the payment at 224 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma WA 98421 Monday – Friday between 10:00am – 3:00pm, please bring payment receipt and government issued ID.

History of “The Tacoma Method”

November 3, 2022, is the 137th anniversary of the forced expulsion on November 3, 1885, of all remaining Chinese residents of Tacoma (possibly as many as 200 people). Many Chinese had left earlier that fall because of the hostile atmosphere here in Tacoma. “The Chinese Must Go” campaign was not an official act of the City government, but it was openly instigated and organized by elected officials (including the mayor and members of the City Council) and other leading citizens of civic influence. Soon after the event, the expulsion became known as the “Tacoma Method” in a rising tide of anti-Chinese sentiment and acts of violence in the western United States.

137 Year Anniversary Tacoma Chinese Expulsion: “Walk for Reconciliation” Essay Contest

Deadline: October 14th, 2022, postmarks not accepted.

Essay prompt: Research the event of the expulsion of the Chinese from Tacoma, Washington that took place in November 1885. In your essay, please discuss connection between the Chinese expulsions of 1885 and challenges people in our community face today. How can our understanding of this event help us make our community a better place in the future?

Guidelines

  1. To enter, you must be a current student in 9th through 12th grade for the academic school year of 2022-2023 and you must be attending a school located in Pierce County area.
  2. Essay must be no longer than two pages, double-spaced (roughly 500 words). They must be typed in 12-point, Times New Roman font, in English.
  3. Fill out the application form and attach it to the front of your essay. Include a header or footer on each page of your essay with your last name and page number.
  4. Essay may be mailed to P O Box 7024, Tacoma WA 98406 or dropped off at 224 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma WA 98421

Three prizes will be awarded to the best judged essays.

Prizes:

9th – 10th Grade             First Place: $200.00                      Second Place: $150.00

11th -12th Grade               First Place: $200.00                      Second Place:  $150.00

The winner will have the opportunity to read their essay to an audience during our WALK for RECONCILIATION event at the Chinese Reconciliation Park on October 29, 2022. The Park is located at 1741 N Schuster Parkway, Tacoma.

Essay will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Understanding of event: What individuals and groups were involved. Why were they involved? What did they wish to achieve? What happened after the expulsion?
  • Connections to our community: Did this event change our community? If so, are the changes still evident? If not, why not?
  • Strength, feasibility, and originality of proposal to move forward: How can we ensure such events do not happen in the future? What specific actions can we, as individuals and as a community, take to protect the rights of people against illegal actions?

Judging will be done by an independent panel.

CRPF – 2022 Walk for Reconciliation Essay Contest Application Form