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Pacific Grove looks to issue apology for ‘Feast of Lanterns’ festival, historical racism and violence

Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns
  • The Pacific Grove City Council is preparing an apology for its Feast of Lanterns, an annual event criticized for appropriating Chinese culture.
  • The festival, during which mostly white participants dress up in Asian stereotype costumes, was officially canceled by the council this year.
  • Pacific Grove's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Board drafted an apology letter after consulting 40 members of the Asian community.
  • Community members hope the apology will be approved and signed by Mayor Bill Peake in time for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

Local officials in Pacific Grove, California, are preparing an apology to the Chinese community for their controversial Feast of Lanterns annual celebration.

The yearly event, during which mostly white participants dress up in Asian stereotype costumes, was officially canceled by the council this year after continued criticism alleging cultural appropriation of Chinese culture.