Bellingham-based ballet revisits history

When Mayor Dan Pike issues a formal apology to the Chinese community this week at a unique gathering at the Whatcom Museum, it’ll be part of an ongoing effort to make sure an ugly part of Bellingham’s history—specifically, the brutal 1885 expulsion of Chinese citizens from the area—never repeats itself.

Similarly, the Northwest Ballet Theatre’s (NBT) latest production, “Emerald Bay,” seeks to both draw attention to past wrongs as well as highlight the contributions made by a the cultural mélange of people who made their homes in the region during that same time frame.