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Memorialization of the Underrepresented: The Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park

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dc.contributor.advisor Kelly, Patricia He, ShuMin 2019-08-08T19:32:58Z 2019-08-08T19:32:58Z 2019
dc.description.abstract While there is a significant amount of literature on peacemaking procedures after an armed conflict, there has not been much study on reconciliation processes after a violation of trust and humanity. This thesis looks at how the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park memorializes the expulsion of Chinese from Tacoma in 1885 by comparing it with the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park and the Mankato Reconciliation Park. Using scholarly literature on the concept of space, collective memory and reconciliation, I compare and contrast each space’s engagement with historical injustices. I argue that the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park constructs its collective memory through public programming and a spatial formation that identifies the root cause of the Tacoma Method. But the park’s goals for raising awareness about the incident is limited since its reconciliation process stresses civic harmony rather than civic engagement.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Anthropology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Reconciliation -- Social aspects -- Washington (State) -- Tacoma City
dc.subject.lcsh Chinese Americans -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Collective memory -- Washington (State) -- Tacoma City
dc.title Memorialization of the Underrepresented: The Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park
dc.type Thesis
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