On May 10, 2019, CHSA Board Emeritus, historian and railroad worker descendant Connie Young Yu represented CHSA at the Spike 150 celebration. Her speech opened the event at Promontory Point, Utah, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad. Connie’s speech paid homage to Chinese railroad workers and called for the reclaiming of immigrants’ rightful place in history. Her presence also fulfills a mission begun 50 years ago by CHSA President Phil Choy at the Centennial. Below we’ve rounded up press coverage of this historic event: NBC News: “Thousands gather to reclaim Chinese railroad workers’ place in history” by … [read more →]
By Lauren Bennett Published: May 10, 2019 6:04 pm PROMONTORY SUMMIT, Box Elder — People from all walks of life came together Friday morning for the inaugural day of the three-day celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the driving of the golden spike. ….To kick off the ceremony, elementary-age children performed the “Chinese Lion Dance: Good Luck and Happiness,” which was met with cheers from the crowd. Connie Young Yu, author, historian, lecturer on Chinese American issues and Chinese railroad worker descendent, opened the speech portion of the ceremony, noting the erasure of an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 Chinese railroad … [read more →]
Thursday, May 09, 2019 By Terray Sylvester PROMONTORY, Utah (Reuters) – Connie Young Yu says that when her parents joined a delegation of fellow Chinese-Americans attending a 1969 event commemorating the centennial of the first U.S. Transcontinental Railroad, they were snubbed, upstaged by Hollywood star John Wayne. Now 50 years later, she and others descended from Chinese immigrants who built much of the cross-country rail line are looking forward to the 150th “Golden Spike” anniversary in Utah for rightful recognition they say is long overdue. “It’s our connection to and participation in American society,” Yu, 77, a board member of … [read more →]
Published April 22, 2019, 8:26 AM PDT By Chris Fuchs They thought this was their chance. May 10, 1969, marked 100 years since the golden spike was hammered in at Promontory, Utah, signifying the completion of America’s first transcontinental railroad — a monumental engineering feat that linked together the nation’s coasts. A ceremony commemorating the anniversary drew a crowd of around 20,000. Among the attendees were Philip P. Choy, president of the San Francisco-based Chinese Historical Society of America, and Thomas W. Chinn, one of its founders. Centennial officials had agreed to set aside five minutes of the ceremony for … [read more →]
Triumphant moment as Department of Labor inducts Chinese Railroad Workers into Hall of Honor. CHSA’s Connie Young Yu speaks on behalf of descendant families, who come from across the country to join the ceremonial unveiling. History was made on May 9, 2014 as the Chinese Railroad Workers were inducted into the U.S. Labor Hall of Honor. The Chinese Historical Society of America documented the ceremony. Here are excerpts from the speeches given by Deputy Secretary of Labor Christoper Lu, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Chinese Railroad worker descendant Connie Young Yu.
We are proud to announce the induction of the Chinese Railroad Workers at the Department of Labor Hall of Honor today in Washington, DC. This is history in the making! Nancy Pelosi sent us a letter, commemorating the event: ETA: Voice of America – Chinese Railway Workers Inducted in US Labor Department’s Hall of Honor
CHSA is proud to be on hand to document an historic event, which will close a chapter of our own history begun in 1969. With the support of community organizations, CHSA successfully produced two commemorative plaques to honor the Chinese railroad workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad. The plaques were installed in Sacramento, California and Promontory Summit, Utah. CHSA President Phil Choy was invited to make remarks at the official Centennial program in Ogden, Utah, but was left off the program without any notice. Chinese railroad workers went unrecognized at the Centennial. 45 years later, on May 9, 2014, the … [read more →]