On Saturday, February 12, 2022, the Chinese community in Greater Seattle will mark the 136th anniversary of the Chinese Expulsion with a remembrance rally and march.
The Seattle riot of 1886 occurred February 6-9, 1886, when hundreds of Chinese living in Seattle were forced to flee their homes. Several were killed. Rising anti-Chinese sentiment caused by intense labor competition and the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act by the U.S. Congress in 1882 triggered the riot. Ironically, the Chinese were the key builders after the Great Seattle Fire on June 6, 1889, which destroyed the entire central business district in Seattle.
134 years later, on January 21, 2020, Seattle was the first U.S. city to report a Covid-19 case. Once again Chinese people in Seattle were under threat when Covid-19 was called the “China Virus”, and wave of crime and discrimination against Asians, especially Chinese, surged over the past two years.
The Event aims to create awareness and draw attention to the past so it will never be repeated with a new generation of immigrants, regardless of their origin. It is also to celebrate 150 years of contributions Chinese Americans have made to Seattle. Along with contribution from all immigrants and citizens, Seattle evolves into a richer place to live and achieve the American dream. This is the third time the Chinese Expulsion has been formally remembered. The first and second were on the 100th and 125th anniversary of one of the darkest times for Chinese in Seattle history.
The Event will start at 12PM, Saturday, February 12, 2022, in Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown-International District. Politicians, law enforcement, community and youth leaders will share their insights and stories about their own experiences and provide inspiration for the future of the Chinese community. A march down to the waterfront will begin at 12:30PM from Hing Hay Park via the Chinese Gate to the location where in 1886 the Chinese were forced to take a boat to San Francisco. The entire Event will last about 2 hours.
The event is organized by more than 20 local Chinese American organizations. All are invited to join this peaceful gathering, regardless of race and ethnicity.
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—UCA has promoted pubic service and charity work in UCA community and through the traditional festivals;
—UCA organizes national youth internship and leadership training programs;
—UCA holds bi-annual “Chinese American Convention” where leaders of our community meet and set agenda for the future.
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