Posted by: abbiewatters | December 10, 2014

Advent: Reconciliation #EvergreenAdvent

Colossians 1:15-20

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.


We hadn’t lived in Tacoma for very long before we noticed that there’s no “China Town”. Almost all the cities on the West Coast have an area that is largely populated by people of Chinese descent, but there’s none in Tacoma. Apparently in 1885 there was a thriving population of Chinese who settle here after having been brought to the area to work on the railroad and in the timber industry. During one of the periodic financial downturns of that era, the city fathers decided that the Chinese were the root of all the problems in town. So they rounded them up in a torrential rain storm, marched them five miles out of town, and put them on railroad cars bound for Portland. Many of them died en route, and it is generally acknowledged as one of the most shameful parts of the city’s history. In the late 1990s, the guilt finally overwhelmed some of the residents of Tacoma, and the Chinese Reconciliation Park was created in an attempt to ensure this was remembered and would not be repeated. The image above is one of the sculptures that adorn the park.





  1. I went to school a little north of Seattle in the 1970’s. It’s amazing what they chose not to teach you about your own state’s history. Thanks to your blog post I am now a little more clued in. Thank you.


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