Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: Chinese Reconciliation Park

Feb.
17th

TACOMA: Look past cost of the pavilion

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,

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Feb.
17th

PAVILION: Have you been ‘tinged’?

After reading about the original cost for installing the “ting” (pavilion) at Chinese Reconciliation Park (TNT, 2-13), plus the estimated costs to complete the installation ($600,000-plus), would it be out of line for any person, business, committee or city to say that when they have to pay a rather substantial amount of money to finish completing the labor, painting, etc. of a free gift that they have “been tinged”?

Feb.
14th

TACOMA: Ships spew soot on park, people

Re: “Pavilion costs growing” (TNT, 2-13).

Before the City of Tacoma continues with its work on the pagoda in Chinese Reconciliation Park and spends more of taxpayers’ money, it should investigate the soot which often is spewed out of the chimneys of the two tankers moored very close by in Commencement Bay.

Last year visitors and our family found black smoke from the tankers being pumped into the blue sky and soot particles on every surface in the park, so much so that some of our clothes were soiled by this debris.

How can the city on one hand rehabilitate

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Oct.
8th

TACOMA: Pagoda project should aid in undertanding complex issues

Recently I was in Tacoma to help celebrate the 100th birthday of my mother-in-law, Sarah Ryder Norris Craig. On Sept. 29, the morning of our flight back to Boston, my wife Barbara and I noticed a front-page article in The News Tribune on the construction of a pagoda in the Reconciliation Park by a team from Fuzhou, China.

One hopes that this project will remind present-day Tacomans about the forcible expulsion of 200 Chinese in 1885 and contribute to understanding the complex issues involved in attitudes towards immigrants today. My father, Yi-seng Kiang, was the Chinese consul-general in Seattle

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