"The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford was created in recognition of the crucial role that the Chinese who built the Central Pacific Railroad played in creating the fortune with which Leland Stanford founded our university. Today marks the first time that Stanford University has formally honored their memory." Richard Saller, Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, June 6, 2015. Click here for more info.

"Today, as a closer political, economic, and social relationship is being developed between China and the U.S., it is essential for us to recall and remember this dramatic episode in history." PRC Consul General Lu Linquan,  Stanford University, June 6, 2015. Click here for more info.

Announcing a new 2015 publication from the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project: a special commemorative thematic issue of the journal, Historical Archaeology (49[1]), which was developed through a Project-sponsored workshop in October 2013. Click here for more information.

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (1852-1922) gave America a taste of the West with woodcuts depicting railroads. In the foreground of this image are Chinese laborers.

Courtesy of The Bancroft Library // University of California, Berkeley // BANC PIC 1963.002:0504–C

About Our Project

Between 1865 and 1869, thousands of Chinese migrants toiled at a grueling pace and in perilous working conditions to help construct America’s first Transcontinental Railroad. The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project seeks to give a voice to the Chinese migrants whose labor on the Transcontinental Railroad helped to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West. The Project coordinates research in North America and Asia in order to create an on-line digital archive available to all, along with books, digital visualizations, conferences and public events.Read More >>

1865年到1869年间,数以千计的中国移民在恶劣的环境下辛勤劳动,协助建造美国第一条洲际铁路。北美铁路华工计划试图为中国移民发声,因为他们为洲际铁路所付出的劳力构筑了美国西部实体及社会地景。此计划结合北美及亚洲的研究,除了出版专书、数字影像、举办会议和其他公开活动外,并将建立线上档案库,提供大众使用。 阅读全文

1865年到1869年間,數以千計的中國移民在惡劣的環境下辛勤勞動,協助建造美國第一條洲際鐵路。北美鐵路華工計畫試圖為中國移民發聲,因為他們為洲際鐵路所付出的勞力構築了美國西部實體及社會地景。此計劃結合北美及亞洲的研究,除了出版專書、數位影像、舉辦會議和其他公開活動外,並將建立線上檔案庫,提供大眾使用。 閱讀全文