Virtual Tour: 1885 Chinese Expulsion

Tacoma Historical Society is honored to contribute to this year’s virtual Tacoma Moon Festival with the release of a new virtual tour of the people and places associated with the 1885 Chinese Expulsion. The tour can be explored online from the comfort of your home, or as a walking or driving tour. Click here to get started!

The Tacoma Moon Festival is an annual event which typically takes place in Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was converted to a virtual festival this year. Visit to enjoy the wonderful range of events the organizers have planned for this year’s virtual experience.

The tour takes you back to the places and people associated with the 1885 expulsion of Chinese laborers and their families from the city of Tacoma. This event came to be called, “The Tacoma Method.” The tour was produced with the help of volunteers Jennifer Callaghan, Dusty Gorman and PLU professor Gregory Youtz, at the request of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, and with support from Tacoma Creates.

You can also learn more about these events from Tacoma’s history at, a resource developed by students at the University of Puget Sound.

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