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TACOMA: Look past cost of the pavilion

Letter by Jesse L. Schweizer, Tacoma on Feb. 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm | 5 Comments »
February 17, 2011 3:02 pm

Re: “Pavilion overruns roil Tacoma council” (TNT, 2-16).

The pavilion is not about the cost of the structure but rather what’s in the title of the memorial park: “Chinese reconciliation.” The waterfront development is about acknowledging Tacoma’s history and, especially, anti-Chinese sentiment, subsequent banishment and abysmal treatment of Chinese people in the city in 1885 and 1886.

The pavilion and nearby waterfront pieces are a fitting memorial to the way the Chinese were treated in the area.

Citizens of Tacoma, recognize your city’s history, even if it is not your own. I urge all of you to visit the park, read at least the abbreviated history for yourselves on the plaques there and contemplate what that immediate area really means.

Continue construction and continue reconciliation, for the travesties that were beset upon the Chinese in the 1880s, even if it does cost more than previously believed.

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