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The Chinese and the Iron Road

June 6, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Photos: CPRR payroll document, courtesy California State Railroad Museum. J.B. Silvis, “China section gang Promontory, c. 1869-1870,” courtesy Phil Choy.  "Chinese workers clearing snow from railroad tracks, 1886," photographer unknown, Courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW552.  Chinese laborers, photographer unknown, courtesy Phil Choy.

Photos: CPRR payroll document, courtesy California State Railroad Museum. J.B. Silvis, “China section gang Promontory, c. 1869-1870” courtesy Phil Choy. “Chinese workers clearing snow from railroad tracks, 1886,” photographer unknown, Courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW552.
“Workers at Corte Madera Station,” Roy Graves collection, courtesy Phil Choy.

The Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project at Stanford University (CRRW) and the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum (CHSA) cordially invite you to a luncheon and afternoon program celebrating the lives of the Chinese railroad workers who were essential in building the United States’ first Transcontinental Railroad. Purchase tickets here!

Featuring:

Talks by descendants of railroad workers: Russell Low, Paulette Liang, and Connie Young Yu

Presentations of Stanford’s CRRW Project research:

Title: The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental
Presenter: Hilton Obenzinger, Ph.D.
American Studies, Stanford University
Associate Director, Stanford Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project

This talk will be a graphic presentation on the role of Chinese workers building the transcontinental railroad. The presentation highlights how the railroad decided to hire Chinese and bring large numbers to California, how the workers endured hardships and prejudice, how they organized themselves, including going on strike, and what engineering marvels they achieved, such as grading the steep slope of Cape Horn and digging the Summit Tunnel.

Title: The Archaeology of Chinese Railroad Workers in North America
Presenter:  Professor Barbara Voss, Director of Archeology, Chinese Railroad Workers Project
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

In the absence of letters and diaries from Chinese workers on the first transcontinental railroad, the archaeology of Chinese workers’ camps provides one of the most direct sources of information about the workers’ daily lives and experiences.  This talk will discuss some of these materials that help fill in the workers’ missing stories.

Exhibitions:

The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental – A new portable exhibit providing an historical overview of the Chinese railroad workers who were instrumental in building the United States’ first Transcontinental Railroad. Utilizing six standalone 3’ x 7’ graphic panels, the exhibit features historical and contemporary photos, illustrations, stories of descendants of the workers, and text by Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University (CRRW) Co-Director Shelley Fisher Fishkin and Stanford Professor Joseph S. Atha (Director of American Studies). The exhibit will tour the US and China beginning in 2016.

Will be updated as more information comes in!

This event is made possible with support from:
StanfordCRRWProject-headerChina International Book Trading CorporationGuanxi Normal University PressSterling Bank & TrustStanford University Office of Community Engagement
Lee's Deli

Tickets: $25 for adults/$15 for children. (under 5 are free)
Location: Stanford University, Tresidder Memorial Union | 429 Lagunita Street, Stanford CA 94305

Purchase tickets here or at our Eventbrite page:

Details

Date:
June 6, 2015
Time:
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Venue

Tresidder Memorial Union, Stanford University
459 Lagunita Dr
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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