Re: “TAM’s sale of Chinese items is justified” (editorial, 3-5).
While I disagree with the Tacoma Art Museum’s planned auction, I find the editorial opinion to be disagreeable in its own right.
Ironically, the editors claim that TAM critics trivialize the 1885 Chinese expulsion from Tacoma when we suggest that auctioning the art would be “symbolically driving the Chinese away again.” The editors choose to ignore the Young family’s original intent in donating the art to Tacoma to “promote understanding and bring people together to appreciate Chinese heritage.” Instead, the editors open their essay by likening the Young family’s gifts to outdated furniture or a wardrobe that “down the road just didn’t fit into your decor or closet.”
Trivializing? TNT, please stop this game of Trivial Pursuit.