City of Pacific Grove issues apology to Chinese community at 11th annual Walk of Remembrance

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City of Pacific Grove issues apology to Chinese community at 11th annual Walk of Remembrance

On Saturday, the 11th annual Walk of Remembrance took place at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. There, the city of Pacific Grove also issued an apology to the Chinese community for racism and discrimination, along with acts of violence dating back to the 1800s. The event highlights history and reminds the community of what the Chinese community once endured in Pacific Grove. Gerry Low-Sobado, a local activist created and brought the event to life. Gerry died just last year, but her work and her messages still live on.Her husband, Randy Sabado who is also on the planning committee, said, “Essentially what it is, it’s a walk to remember the Chinese village that burned down on May 16, 1906. It’s not just the burning of the village. It’s all the things that happened to the Chinese Exclusion Act, you know, the deed restrictions that prohibited Chinese and other minority groups from buying property in Pacific Grove. My wife’s family sailed from China in a Chinese junket and landed at the foot of the Carmel River in 1850. Her great grandmother, Kwok Moi, is the first documented Chinese woman born in the Monterey Peninsula area.”Gerry’s efforts played a major role in bringing awareness to the racism and cultural appropriation.“She helped me to look at the Feast of Lanterns in a different way, to understand the way that it was causing harm to others. Gerry’s the reason that we’re all here today, and she’s been a miracle in so many of our lives,” Randy Sabado said. The event included Monterey Lion Dancer, several speakers including State Controller Betty Yee and a walk to where the Chinese Village once stood. The four-page apology said in part, “The council apologies to Chinese settlers, citizens, immigrants and their descendants, who came to the Pacific Grove before and after it became a city, and were victims of institutional racism, prejudice and discrimination..”Randy Sobado points out that an apology can’t undo any wrongdoings but it’s a start in the right direction.He said, “An acknowledgment of what happened, an acknowledgment that that was wrong. You know, the Chinese village, descendants have been waiting for over 170 years for this to be acknowledged, for there to be a formal apology of what happened to them. I think there needs to be obviously more. There needs to be more education in terms of not just Chinese, but all minority groups.”

On Saturday, the 11th annual Walk of Remembrance took place at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. There, the city of Pacific Grove also issued an apology to the Chinese community for racism and discrimination, along with acts of violence dating back to the 1800s.

The event highlights history and reminds the community of what the Chinese community once endured in Pacific Grove. Gerry Low-Sobado, a local activist created and brought the event to life. Gerry died just last year, but her work and her messages still live on.

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Her husband, Randy Sabado who is also on the planning committee, said, “Essentially what it is, it’s a walk to remember the Chinese village that burned down on May 16, 1906. It’s not just the burning of the village. It’s all the things that happened to the Chinese Exclusion Act, you know, the deed restrictions that prohibited Chinese and other minority groups from buying property in Pacific Grove. My wife’s family sailed from China in a Chinese junket and landed at the foot of the Carmel River in 1850. Her great grandmother, Kwok Moi, is the first documented Chinese woman born in the Monterey Peninsula area.”

Gerry’s efforts played a major role in bringing awareness to the racism and cultural appropriation.

“She helped me to look at the Feast of Lanterns in a different way, to understand the way that it was causing harm to others. Gerry’s the reason that we’re all here today, and she’s been a miracle in so many of our lives,” Randy Sabado said.

The event included Monterey Lion Dancer, several speakers including State Controller Betty Yee and a walk to where the Chinese Village once stood.

The four-page apology said in part, “The council apologies to Chinese settlers, citizens, immigrants and their descendants, who came to the Pacific Grove before and after it became a city, and were victims of institutional racism, prejudice and discrimination..”

Randy Sobado points out that an apology can’t undo any wrongdoings but it’s a start in the right direction.

He said, “An acknowledgment of what happened, an acknowledgment that that was wrong. You know, the Chinese village, descendants have been waiting for over 170 years for this to be acknowledged, for there to be a formal apology of what happened to them. I think there needs to be obviously more. There needs to be more education in terms of not just Chinese, but all minority groups.”

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