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Opera ‘Tacoma Method’ Takes On the Violent Expulsion of Chinese in Tacoma in 1885

by Roxanne Ray

(This article was previously published at International Examiner and has been reprinted with permission.)


Tacoma Method, the benign-sounding name of a new full-length opera composed by Gregory Youtz with libretto by Zhang Er, actually refers to a much more violent period in Tacoma’s history. In 1885, the mayor and prominent citizens of Tacoma decided that they had a “Chinese Problem,” and on November 3, 1885, they chose to forcibly expel their Chinese community at gunpoint, terming that action “the Tacoma Method” of creating a white city in what was then Washington Territory.

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