Builders of the Transcontinental Railroad: Traversing China and America

Saturday, February 22 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association - Auditorium

925 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

builders of the trascontinental railroad


More info:

2019 marks the 150-year anniversary of the completion of the US Transcontinental Railroad, and the labor of Chinese railroad workers was instrumental to its completion. These Chinese immigrants in the 19th century were part of a global outmigration of Chinese laborers across the seas to the Americas, Southeast Asia, and Africa. The 2019 Xiangli Chen China and Beyond Forum will highlight the stories of these migrants, their varied experiences in China and their countries of destination, and the diasporic communities that they formed in their new homelands.


Featuring a keynote lecture by Gordon Chang, Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities and Professor of American history, Stanford University, with a keynote presentation on the Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project.


Followed by a discussion with:


Doors open at 11:30. Reception to follow at Golden Dragon Restaurant. A K-12 teacher training workshop will be organized by the UCLA History-Geography Project in conjunction with the program. The workshop will introduce strategies for incorporating the history of the Transcontinental Railroad workers into the California social studies framework, with particular focus on oral histories and ethnic studies.


For more information and to register for the workshop, please contact Daniel Diaz at Organized by the UCLA Asia Pacific Center. Co-sponsored by UCLA International Institute, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA History-Geography Project, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Chinese American Museum.