The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project has involved scholars from the United States, China, Hong Kong, Canada and Taiwan, who are investigating the topic from a wide range of perspectives, including history, archaeology, architecture, literature, and cultural studies.

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Current Participants

Akin, Marjorie

Independent researcher, author, and community activist

Marjorie (Margie) Akin has spent most of her life in California where she completed her education (Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 1996) married and raised four children. A proud product of UCR’s four-field approach to anthropology, she has worked professionally as an archaeologist, applied medical anthropologist, and has written on a wide range of topics. Her area of specialization within the field of historic archaeology is numismatics and she is co-author of “Numismatic Archaeology of North America: a Field Guide” (Left Coast Press, forthcoming) with James Bard, also a member of this workgroup. Included among her publications are contributions to Roberta Greenwood’s “Down by the Station: Los Angeles Chinatown 1890-1933,” Julia Costello’s “The Luck of Third Street,” and many articles and reports about Asian coins recovered in North America.

Although now retired, Margie Akin taught for many years as a lecturer in several subjects at universities throughout Southern California.  In addition, while working for an HMO she helped develop the National Cultural and Linguistic Services Standards that helps medical providers serve culturally diverse populations and is used to guide and evaluate medical and dental services throughout the United States for their ability to treat patients in a culturally appropriate manner with supportive language services.

Margie feels strongly that those who wish to learn from the past have an obligation to actively work to protect remaining resources.  As a result, she has been active in the Riverside “Save Our Chinatown Committee” serving on the board since the committee was created in 2008 to protect the archaeological remains of Riverside’s Chinatown from development. (See


Allen, Rebecca

Cultural Resource Director, Environmental Science Associates; Associate Editor, Society for Historical Archaeology

Dr. Rebecca Allen has been conducting historical and archaeological investigations of California’ rich historic past for almost 25 years. Investigating archaeological sites that represent the contact, community, and sometimes conflagration between cultural groups continues to peak her interest and imagination. She has been fortunate to research sites occupied by Chinese emigrants and long-term communities in urban San Jose, and in the mountainous Sierra region. Long interested in public outreach and interest in the historic past, Rebecca has participated in the creation of museum exhibits, public lectures, popular publications, interactive interpretive displays, site tours, video documentaries, local newspaper articles, television interviews, and website content. She has also published articles and books with professional societies and academic presses.

As a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of American Civilization, she learned the importance of interdisciplinary studies. Interpreting historical archaeological sites, and capturing even a notion of the historic past, requires study of the interplay between history, archaeology, architectural history, folklore, literature, ethnic studies, linguistics, visual arts, and more. Rebecca firmly believes that collaborative research leads to better understanding of the past, and teaches her to ask new questions of old assumptions and documents.


Bard, James

Consulting Archaeologist, Cardno ENTRIX

James C. Bard earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley in 1979 with a specialization in the archaeology and ethnology of western North America. In 1977, Jim was a founder and co-owner of Basin Research Associates, Inc. of San Leandro, California. In 1993, Jim moved to Oregon to serve as a Senior Technologist for Cultural Resources for CH2M HILL, Inc., a large environmental engineering firm. In 2009, Jim joined SWCA Environment Consultants in their Portland office where he led the analysis and report for the Sandpoint (Idaho) Archaeological Project. The Sandpoint Archaeological Project recovered over 90 percent of a small Chinese settlement located adjacent to the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks. Jim is actively involved in the study of Northern Pacific Railroad camps with colleagues in Northern Idaho.


Chace, Paul G.

Proprietor, Paul G. Chace & Associates

Paul G. Chace is a cultural resources consultant and an anthropologist specializing in cultural resources management, preservation law, and ethnic relations theory. Elected a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association in 1976, and certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists since 1977, his career spans over 50 years with extensive practice as an archaeologist, museum curator, historian, ethnologist, and private land-planning consultant. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, and has lectured and published widely on Western prehistory and Chinese American cultural heritage. He is the proprietor and principal archaeologist-historian at Paul G. Chace & Associates, a CRM/land planning consulting firm with offices in Escondido, CA.

At the Archeology Workshop, Chase presented a paper entitled “Celestial Sojourners in the High Sierras: The Ethno-Archaeology of Chinese Railroad Workers (1865-1868),” which was co-authored with William S. Evans, Jr., (1922-2009). “Bill” Evans held a BA and MA from UC Berkeley, where he focused on anthropology, archaeology, and geography; later he did post-graduate studies at UCLA. He was the first Curator at the Rancho Los Cerritos Museum in Long Beach, CA, where he initiated historical archaeology studies. He taught Anthropology at Santa Monica Collage for two decades before retiring in 1985.


Chang, Chiung-huei (張瓊惠)

Professor and Chair, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan (國立臺灣師範大學英語學系教授暨系主任)

Joan Chiung-huei Chang is Professor in the Department of English at National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon, USA. She is the author of and the editor of The Globalization of Comparative Literature: Asian Initiatives (Taipei: Soochow University, 2004). Her recent publications include “When Third-World Expatriate Meets First-world Peace Corps Worker: Diaspora Reconsidered in Shirley Lim’s Joss and Gold.” Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies 31.1 (January 2005): 149-162; “Social Stratification and Plantation Mentality: Reading Milton Murayama.” Concentric 30.2 (June 2004): 155-72. Her research interests include Asian American Literature and the theory of autobiography. She teaches courses in American Literature and British Literature. She has published essays on Asian American writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Henry David Hwang, Amy Tan, Shirley Lim, Milton Murayama, Ha Jin and Chang-rae Lee.


Chen, Shu-ching (陳淑卿)

Dean, College of Liberal Arts; and Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan (國立中興大學外國語文學系教授暨文學院院長)

Shu-ching Chen is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. She received her PhD in English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research interests include ethnic literature, Asian Anglo-phone literature, gender studies, Taiwan documentaries, theories of globalization, etc. Her recent publication includes a monograph on Asian American Literature and globalization: Asian American Literature in an Age of Asian Transnationalism (2005), and articles published on journals such as EurAmerica, Chung-Wei Literary Quarterly, Concentric, Tamkang Review. Her contribution to the Chinese railroad workers project mainly concerns the popular visual representations of Chinese (railroad) workers in 19th Century American newspapers and magazines and their impact on the public imagination for Chinese immigrants and the way in which these stereotypical constructions affect the policy-making of immigrant laws.


Chen, Yong

Professor of History, University of California – Irvine

Yong Chen teaches at the University of California, Irvine, where he also served as the University’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (1999-2004) and is currently faculty director of the International Student Excellence Program. He is the author of Chop Suey, USA: The Rise of Chinese Food in America (Columbia University Press, forthcoming); Chinese San Francisco 1850-1943 (Stanford, 2000) and The Chinese in San Francisco (Peking University Press, 2009), co-editor of New Perspectives on American History (Hebei People’s Publishing House, 2010), and co-curator of “‘Have You Eaten Yet?’: The Chinese Restaurant in America” in New York and Philadelphia. He has published numerous articles in various leading academic journals. His expertise on diverse issues, including race and immigration in America, Chinese American history, higher education, Sino-American relationships has received extensive media (print, TV, and radio) attention in English, Chinese, and Portuguese in the United States and elsewhere. He writes regularly in World Journal, the largest Chinese-language newspaper in the United States, on important issues in both America and China. His research on food has drawn attention from national and local media organizations across the country. He has also done consulting work with organizations like Haier, New York Life, Prudential, IFC of World Bank, Griffin Strategic Advisors, and Web Contact.


Chen, Zhongping

Professor of History, University of Victoria

Zhongping Chen was born and grew up in China. He successively received his B.A. and M.A. from Nanjing University in 1982 and 1984, as well as his PhD from the University of Hawaii in 1998. In addition to his early teaching career at Nanjing Normal University, Chen has mainly taught courses and done research in the fields of Chinese history and the history of the global Chinese diaspora at McGill University, Trent University and the University of Victoria. His Chinese and English publications include three books and dozens of journal articles. His recent publications include Modern China’s Network Revolution: Chambers of Commerce and Sociopolitical Change in the Early Twentieth Century (Stanford: CA: Stanford University Press, 2011) and Toward a Multicultural Global History: Zheng He’s Maritime Voyages (14-5-1433) and China’s Relations with the Indian Ocean World (Beijing: SDX Joint Publishing Co., 2017) [chief editor; edited volume in Chinese]. In the field of Chinese Canadian history, he published three academic articles that examine the Chinese experience in Peterborough (near Toronto) from cross-cultural, ethnic and diasporic perspectives. He is currently working on a new book entitled “Reform and Revolution in the Transpacific Chinese Diaspora, 1884-1918.”



Choy, Philip P.

Independent Scholar

The late Philip Choy was a retired architect and renowned historian of Chinese American studies born in San Francisco on December 17, 1926. He grew up in San Francisco Chinatown and he was the fourth in family of five children with three older sisters and a younger brother. He is also the author of San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History & Architecture (2012), Canton Footprints: Sacramento’s Chinese Legacy (2007), and The Coming Man: 19th Century American Perceptions of the Chinese (1994).

During high school, Choy enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He attended San Francisco City College during World War II until he was called to active duty for basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi. There, in the south, he decided to become an activist after witnessing first-hand the influence of segregation.

After the war, he earned a degree in architecture from UC Berkeley and was involved in residential and commercial design for 50 years. During the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, Choy became president of the Chinese Historical Society of America and in 1969, he teamed up with historian Him Mark Lai to teach the first-ever Chinese American history course at San Francisco State University in 1969.

An adjunct professor in San Francisco State’s Asian American Studies Department, he also served on the San Francisco Landmark Advisory Board, on the California State Historical Resources Commission from June 2001 to June 2005, five times as President of the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), and currently as an emeritus CHSA board member. He is also a recipient of the prestigious San Francisco State University President’s Medal in 2005, the Silver SPUR Awards in 2009, and the Oscar Lewis Award for Western History in 2011. Choy has been a community activist known for landmark preservation in San Francisco.

Choy has devoted his career to researching, preserving, advocating, and disseminating Chinese American history. Choy was the first to make a video documentary series on Chinese American history for public broadcasting called the “Gum Saan Haak” (Travelers to Gold Mountain, 1971-1974). He also publicly berated the head of the Commission of the 1969 Transcontinental Railroad Centennial at a separate program the same day of the commemoration for not placing the Chinese Historical Society of America on the same program and not giving credit to the Chinese in the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. He also advocated the preservation of the Angel Island Immigration Station and in 1993, and he wrote the case study to nominate it to the National Registry of Historic Place, because of its historical significance as a place where many Chinese immigrants were detained and because it also offers a close look at important history lessons about the early Chinese pioneers.



Chung, Sue Fawn

Professor Emerita of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sue Fawn Chung was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  As a child, she owned a Buddy L model train with cars and tracks, which led to her interest in railroads.  She received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA, her master’s from Harvard University and her doctorate from UCB. From 1975 until 2014 she taught history and art history at UNLV. She served as Director of International Programs and Chair of the History Department. As a member of the Nevada Board of Museums, she worked with the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City and in Boulder City. For twenty years she served on the National Endowment for the Humanities Grants Committee and for nine years as one of Nevada’s advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She has curated museum exhibits and media programs on Chinese Americans. In 1999 she participated in the dedication of the plaque honoring Chinese railroad workers at Cape Horn, California and later at a plaque honoring the Chinese railroad workers in Sparks, Nevada. She worked on several programs on railroad workers (one set available on YouTube) and with David Bain on his WGBH/PBS educational film on the building of the first transcontinental railroad that was based on his book. She co-edited with Priscilla Wegars, Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors (Walnut Creek: Altamira, 2005). Her latest two books are In Pursuit of Gold: Chinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011; Carolyn Bancroft Award) and Chinese in the Woods: Logging and Lumbering in the American West (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015), which includes a chapter on the relationship between wood products and railroad construction. She has been awarded numerous community awards.


Crandall, John J.

PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada

John’s research focuses on the biological dimensions of social inequality in the ancient and historic Americas. His research is particularly focused on how aspects of identity become social vulnerabilities that prime marginalized individuals for increased risk of injury and disease. Additionally, he is interested in the political and social afterlives of corpses and other biological materials.

John’s past work focused on understanding the relationships between religion, social age and health and mortality in ancient North Mexico. This work culminated in the volume Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity, which John co-edited with Jennifer Thompson and Marta Alfonso-Durruty. Currently, John has also been investigating the skeletal impacts of vitamin C deficiency and the social filters that shape undernutrition in the human past. This work is part of a larger issue of International Journal of Paleopathology investigating scurvy which he is co-editing with Haagen Klaus. John’s dissertation research investigates patterns of skeletal stress and injury among American frontier laborers to understand the biological consequences of labor exploitation and racial violence. This research centers the lives of overseas Chinese workers in a comparative, biocultural context and includes ongoing collaborative work with Ryan Harrod.


Dearinger, Ryan

Associate Professor of History at Eastern Oregon University

In addition to being Associate Professor of History at Eastern Oregon University, Ryan Dearinger (M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., University of Utah) also serves as Vice President of the Faculty Senate and faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. Dearinger serves on the Editorial Board of the Oregon Encyclopedia Project, supported by the Oregon Historical Society, and is a manuscript reviewer for several university presses and academic journals. His research and teaching areas include the American West and the Pacific Northwest; immigration; race and ethnicity; labor and working-­class history; gender studies; environmental history; and violence in American history. Dearinger’s publications have appeared in the Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of Social History, The History Teacher, Journal of the West, Labor Studies Journal, Southern California Quarterly, Journal of Southern History, Indiana Magazine of History, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Common­place: The Journal of Early American Life, and in The Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, Volume II: The Early Republic, 1784­1840. His recent work includes a chapter, “Hell and Heaven on Wheels: Mormons, Immigrants, and the Reconstruction of American Progress and Masculinity on the First Transcontinental Railroad,” in the book Immigrants in the Far West: Historical Identities and Experiences (University of Utah Press, 2015), and a book, The Filth of Progress: Immigrants, Americans, and the Building of Canals and Railroads in the West (University of California Press, 2016). His current research focuses on indigenous, immigrant, and American hop-­pickers in the Pacific Northwest.


Ding, Yuan (袁丁)

Professor and Director of South-East Asia Study Institute, Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学历史系教授), Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Guangdong Overseas Chinese History Project

Yuan Ding, born in 1957 in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, graduated from History Department of Sun Yat-sen University and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies with a master’s degree and obtained a doctorate degree in history from Jinan University in 1988. Yuan is professor and doctorate supervisor in the History Department, Sun Yat-sen University, and director of South-East Asia Study Institute of Sun Yat-sen University. Visiting scholar at Harvard University in 1997-1998. Executive Director of Guangdong Overseas Chinese Historical Society, Vice President of Guangdong Overseas Chinese Study Association, Executive Director of China Southeast Asian Studies Association. Expertise in the Modern History of Overseas Chinese and Southeast Asia regions. Dr. Yuan is associate editor-in-chief of the Guangdong Overseas Chinese History Project. The project, sponsored and funded by the Guangdong Provincial Government and led by Zhu Xiaodan, governor of Guangdong province, utilizes historical materials of Guangdong Chinese immigrants to conduct a systematic and comprehensive survey of social and economic development, assimilation and contribution of these immigrants to their migrated countries. Yuan’s main academic works include Overseas Chinese Affairs and Negotiations between China and Foreign Countries in Late Qing Dynasty, Study on Modern Overseas Affairs Policy.


Dixon, Kelly

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Montana

Kelly J. Dixon specializes in archaeologies of the American West, with her published research representing case studies from the past several centuries. Her research interests are integrated with undergraduate and graduate student projects and include archaeologies of adaptation, colonization, colonialism, global change, landscapes, landscape transformations, human-environment interactions, boomtowns, extractive industries, marginalized populations, and text-aided approaches to archaeology. Among Dixon’s recent publications relevant to Chinese railroad workers is a paper entitled, “Verily the Road was Built with Chinaman’s Bones”: Archaeology of Chinese Line Camps in Montana, International Journal of Historical Archaeology (2012), co-authored with Dr. Christopher W. Merritt and Gary Weisz.


Feng, Pin-chia (馮品佳)

Distinguished Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University (國立交通大學特聘教授暨中央研究院歐美研究所合聘研究員)

Pin–chia Feng is Distinguished Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chiao Tung University, and Research Fellow of the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (joint appointment). She was NCTU’s Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of International Cooperation and Academic Exchange, Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Director of NCTU Press, and Director of NCTU Film Studies Center. She was also President of the Comparative Literature Association of ROC (2005-2008), President of the Association of English and American Literature (2009-2011), and a recipient of the 2007 and 2010 Outstanding Research Award of Taiwan’s National Science Council.  Feng received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994). She writes on issues of gender, race, and representation in films as well as in Asian American, African American and Afro-Caribbean literatures.


Furnis, Lynn

Historical Archaeologist

Lynn Furnis focuses on western US historical archaeology and on historic architecture, practicing archaeology since 1969. Her work has taken her from New Mexico to Alaska, and from slave cabin buttons at The Hermitage in Tennessee to 1850s Italian-Swiss and Chinese urban deposits in Old Sacramento. Lynn has worked on projects in Nevada (24 years) and California (14 years), many of which have involved historic railroad sites, towns, or mining camps with Chinese components, such as at Coloma, Cottonwood Creek, and North Bloomfield in California, and at Cortez, Nevada. One project near Wells, Nevada included recording miles of original CPRR line, several CPRR and SPRR Chinese section crew camps, and one transcontinental railroad Chinese construction camp near a grade segment that was never used as part of the actual line.


Gow, William

Graduate Student, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

William Gow is a former public school teacher who served for eight years as a public historian for the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. He holds a Master’s degree in Asian American Studies from UCLA and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is currently researching the relationship between Hollywood and the growth of Los Angeles Chinatown in the 1930s and 1940s.


Harrod, Ryan

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska – Anchorage

Ryan Harrod specializes in bioarchaeology. His research interests include paleopathology, violence and trauma, social inequality, ethics and repatriation, and forensic anthropology. Some of his recent projects include the analysis of trauma data collected from an extant population of Turkana in East Africa, the identification of social inequality and violence among a historical group of immigrant Chinese in Carlin, Nevada, and several regional analyses of signatures of health, nutrition, and conflict among Native American populations throughout the western region of the United States. For his dissertation, he utilized data collected from burials housed in repositories such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian to look at the ways that violence was used as a strategy for social control necessary in marginal environments and shrinking resources in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico in the 1100s. The significance of this research is that it further develops an understanding of bioarchaeological research on social inequality as it is reflected in the presence of non-lethal trauma, activity-related changes to the skeleton, and pathological conditions. He is currently coauthoring a book that utilizes bioarchaeological methods to explore the relationship between climate change and violence.


Heffner, Sarah

Cultural Resource Specialist, Aspen Environmental Group, Sacramento

Sarah Heffner’s research interests are diverse and include historical archaeology, museum studies, collections research, and oral history. She is particularly interested in combining research on archaeological collections and historical documents with oral history to create multifaceted interpretations of the past. Her master’s thesis focused on the role of a general store to the community of Spalding, Idaho, and the neighboring Nez Perce Indian Reservation. The Watson Store operated from 1911-1964 and served both white and Nez Perce customers. Her thesis combined research on store collections with interviews with individuals who had gone to the store when they were younger to better understand store layout and operations, and the role of the store as a “third place,” or gathering place for members of the community. More recently, her dissertation explored the cross-cultural exchange of medical practices between Euro-Americans and the Overseas Chinese in Nevada through an analysis of medicinal artifacts located in seven Nevada archaeological collections. Her dissertation also focused on creating a visual guide to the material culture of Chinese medicine. She hopes to continue researching collections of Chinese medicine, with the goal of publishing a book that can help aid scholars of Chinese medicine and historical archaeologists in identifying artifacts of Chinese medicine and their uses. Future research objectives also include studying the role of early Chinese doctors in providing medical care to small mining communities in the American West.

Sarah Heffner received her Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Idaho in 2007, and her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2012. Currently, Sarah Heffner works as a cultural resources specialist for an environmental firm in Sacramento, California, where she assists federal, state, and local agencies with complying with laws pertaining to the protection of natural and cultural resources including NEPA, CEQA, and Section 106 of the NHPA.


Kevin Hsu

Kevin Fan Hsu explores how diverse media can communicate the stories of the Chinese railroad workers and deepen our understanding of social and environmental conditions. Kevin teaches for the program in International Policy Studies and Urban Studies at Stanford University, where he co-founded the Human Cities Initiative. His courses focus on international cooperation and sustainable development, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Kevin works in Shanghai on urban infrastructure development, and received three degrees from Stanford—in Earth Systems, International Relations, and Civil & Environmental Engineering.


Evelyn Hu-Dehart

Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University

Evelyn Hu-DeHart joined Brown from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America. She has also taught at the City University of New York system, New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Arizona and University of Michigan, as well as lectured at universities and research institutes in Mexico, Peru, Cuba, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. She often describes herself as a multicultural person who speaks several languages (including English, Chinese, French, and Spanish) and moves easily among several cultures. Her professional life has focused on what Cuban historian Juan Perez de la Riva calls “historia de la gente sin historia.”  In 2011-12, she was the Santander Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and lectured all over China, introducing Chinese audiences to the little known subject of Chinese migration to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Professor Hu-DeHart was born in China and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was 12. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, she studied in Brazil on an exchange program and returned after graduation with a Fulbright fellowship. She became fascinated with Latin America and that interest eventually led her to a Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is also the recipient of an Honorary Degree from the University of Notre Dame.   Prof. Hu-DeHart has written two books on the Yaqui Indians on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and has been engaged in an long term, ongoing research project on the Chinese diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal of her diaspora project is to uncover and recover the history of Asian migration to Latin America and the Caribbean, and to document and analyze the contributions of these immigrants to the formation of Latin/Caribbean societies and cultures. It should also contribute towards theorizing diasporas and transnationalism. Hu-DeHart also hopes that her work will broaden the scope of Asian American studies as well as contribute to a subject not well covered within Latin American studies.

Prof. Hu-DeHart has published in English, Chinese, Spanish, and on five continents–North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.  Selected publications on the Chinese diaspora include these articles: “Huagong and Huashang: The Chinese as Laborers and Merchants in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Amerasia Journal 28:2 (2002); “Opium and Social Control: Coolies on the Plantations of Peru and Cuba,” Journal of Overseas Chinese, 1:2 (November 2005); “Latin America in Asia-Pacific Perspective,” in Rhacel Parreñas and Lok Siu (eds), Asian Diasporas.  Stanford 2007; “Indispensable Enemy or Convenient Scapegoat?  A Critical Examination of Sinophobia in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Journal of Chinese Overseas 5:1 (September 2009); “Chinatowns and Borderlands: Inter-Asian Encounters in the Diaspora,” Modern Asian Studies 46:2 (2012); “Integration and Exclusion: The Chinese in Multiracial Latin America and the Caribbean,” TAN Chee-Beng, ed., Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Diaspora, 2012.  She is also the editor of several anthologies and journal special issues:  Across the Pacific: Asian Americans and Globalization,  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999; Asians in the Americas: Transculturations and Power (co-editor with Lane Hirabayashi), special issue of Amerasia Journal 28:2 (2002); Voluntary Associations in the Chinese Diaspora (co-edited with Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce), Hong Kong U. Press, 2006; Asia and Latin America, special issue of REVIEW: Literature and Arts of the Americas 72 (Spring 2006); “Afro-Asia,” (Guest Editor with Kathleen López), special issue of Afro-Hispanic Review 27: 1 (Spring 2008). She is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Transnational American Studies.


Huang, Hsinya (黃心雅)

Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Dean, College of Liberal Arts, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan (國立中山大學外文系教授暨文學院院長)

Hsinya Huang is Professor of American and Comparative Literature and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan. In addition to numerous articles, her book publications include (De)Colonizing the Body: Disease, Empire, and (Alter)Native Medicine in Contemporary Native American Women’s Writings (2004) and從衣櫃的縫隙我聽見 (Lesbigay Literature in Modern English Tradition) (2008), 匯勘北美原住民文學:多元文化的省思 (Native North American Literatures: Reflections on Multiculturalism) (2009), the first Chinese essay collection on Native North American literatures. She is Editor-in-Chief of Review of English and American Literature. She edited the English translation of The History of Taiwanese Indigenous Literatures and is editing two essay volumes, Aspects of Transnational and Indigenous Cultures and Ocean and Ecology in the Trans-Pacific Context. Her current research project focuses on Trans-Pacific indigenous literatures.


Jin, Wen

Associate Professor in English, Fudan University

Wen Jin, Associate Professor in English, Fudan University, since February 2013, was Assistant Professor in English at Columbia University from 2006 to 2012. Her book, Pluralist Universalism: An Asian Americanist Critique of U.S. and Chinese Multiculturalisms (2012), is an extended comparison of U.S. and Chinese multiculturalisms during the post–Cold War era.  The book brings together American, Chinese, and Chinese American fiction to model a “double critique” framework for U.S.–Chinese comparative literary studies.  She has published essays on American and Asian American literature in various journals, including American QuarterlyContemporary Literature, Critique, Journal of Transnational American Studies, Amerasia Journal, Dushu, and collected volumes.  She has recently undertaken a new comparative project on the relations among narrative genres, literary markets, and habits of reading in twentieth century China and America.  At Fudan, she is organizing an international seminar series on Cognitive Approaches to Literary Studies.


Johnson, Corey

Graduate Student, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University. Former Technical Director, Chinese Railroad Workers Project

Originally from Hilo, Hawaii, Corey M. Johnson earned an A.B. in English from Harvard University in 2007 and completed an MSt. in English and American Studies at the University of Oxford in 2010. He began his DPhil in English Literature at Oxford before moving to the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University in the fall of 2011. His research agenda straddles both postcolonial and American Studies, and largely focuses on the Pacific Ocean.  From 2012-2014, Corey was the Technical Director for the Chinese Railroad Workers Project.


Kennedy, Ryan

Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University

Ryan Kennedy is a zooarchaeologist who specializes in the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. His research uses faunal data to examine relationships between food practices and identity as well as the connections food creates between people and places at local, regional, and international scales. He has explored these themes through faunal analysis of archaeological collections from the Market Street Chinatown in San Jose, California and the Aspen Section Camp, a Chinese railroad worker maintenance camp in southwestern Wyoming. Ryan is particularly interested in the foodways of Chinese railroad workers and other rural Chinese communities in the United States, as they provide an important counterpoint to the dominant narrative based primarily on the diets of Chinese people living in larger communities such as the San Francisco or San Jose Chinatowns.


Khor, Denise

Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Massachusetts – Boston. Former Director of Research, Chinese Railroad Workers Project

Denise Khor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the former Director of Research for the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford, where she was also a Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego and her research interests include Asian American history and history of visual culture, including cinema, photography, and media. Prior to her arrival at UMB, she held an Ethnicity, Race and Migration postdoctoral fellowship in the Film and Media Studies Program at Yale University and was lecturer in the Department of History at Harvard University. She is currently working on her first book Pacific Theater: Movie-going and Migration in Asian America, 1907 to 1950. The book explores the historical experiences of Japanese Americans at the cinema and traces an alternative network of film production, exhibition, and spectatorship. Chapters from the book have been published in Pacific Historical Review vol. 81 issue 3 (August 2012) and The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific, ed. Moon-Ho Jung (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014). Most recently, she published, “Archives, Photography, and Historical Memory: Tracking the Chinese Railroad Worker in North America,” Southern California Quarterly vol. 98 issue 4 (Winter 2016).


Lee, Tsui-yu (李翠玉)

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan (國立高雄師範大學英語學系副教授暨系主任)

Jade Tsui-yu Lee obtained her doctoral degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2002 with a dissertation titled “Revisionary Aesthetics/Politics: The Creole Fiction of Jean Rhys and Michelle Cliff.” Currently she is an Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU), Taiwan. The courses she offers include Survey of American Literature, Literary Criticism, Contemporary English Fiction, Asian American Literature. Her recent publication is a 2010 book The (In)visible Presence: Literary Imagination of Sino-Caribbean Diaspora.


Lew-Williams, Beth

ACLS New Faculty fellow appointed in History and Asian American Studies, Northwestern University

Beth Lew-Williams specializes in U.S. history, Asian American studies, the U.S. West, and the Pacific World. She earned her PhD in history at Stanford University in 2011 and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University appointed in history and Asian American studies.   She is working on her first book (under contract with Harvard University Press), which examines Chinese immigration and anti-Chinese violence in the 19th-century West. This project explores how American’s first attempt to close its borders was deeply entangled with U.S. imperial ambitions in Asia. In support of this research, she has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the George P. Shultz Fund in Canadian Studies.  Before coming to Northwestern, Lew-Williams was a fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Li, Ju (李炬)


Li Ju, born in 1959 in Beijing, is a freelance photographer and computer engineer with a strong interest in historical photographs. During a trip in the U.S. in 2010 following American photographer William Henry Jackson’s 1860s photographic journey in the 1860s, he was drawn to stories behind the role of Chinese workers in building the Central Pacific. After examining scores of historical photographs and studying all he could learn about the history of Chinese workers on the Central Pacific, he travelled along the railroad route three times, documenting his journey with new photographs of his own. He is collaborating with Professor Huang Annian on a book of photographs of the Central Pacific Railroad to be published in 2015 by China Railway Press.


Liang, I-ping (梁一萍)

Professor, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, and Associate Dean, Office of International Affairs, Taiwan (國立臺灣師範大學英語學系教授暨副國際長)

Iping Liang received her Ph. D. in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently Professor in the Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University. Her research interests include Herman Melville, Gothic aesthetics, women writers, geographical imagination, environmental studies, Asian American studies, global comparative indigenous studies, multiethnic studies of the United States, and Pacific islands studies. She is the author of Ghost Dances: Towards a Native American Gothic (2006) and numerous critical essays, as well as the editor of Asia/Americas: Asian American Literatures in Taiwan (2013). Between 2005 and 2007, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (A&HCI). She’s also a member of the organizing board of the Multiethnic Society of Europe and the Americas (2011-2014) and the ROC Association of the Study of Environment and Literature (2012-2014). Her current research project concerns Melville’s Pacific narratives and his encounters with South Pacific islanders.


Liu, Haiming (劉海銘)

Professor, Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Haiming Liu is a professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at California Polytechnic States University, Pomona. He has published widely on Chinese experience in the United States including a book entitled The Transnational History of a Chinese Family by Rutgers University Press and many journal articles and book chapters on Chinese immigration, family networks, Chinese herbal medicine in America, social origins of Chinese immigrants, American-born Chinese identity, or/and Chinese American transnational historiography. His recent publications focused on Chinese restaurant history in the United States including “Flexible Authenticity: Din Tai Fung as a Global Shanghai DumplingHouse Made in Taiwan” in Chinese America: History and Perspectives (H & P) (2011) or “Kung Pao Kosher: Jewish Americans and Chinese Restaurants in New York” (Journal of Chinese Overseas, Vol. 6, No. 2, Nov., 2010).


Lomazzi, Brad

Author and collections appraiser specializing in American transportation

Brad Lomazzi is an author and a Personal Property Collections Appraiser accredited by the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) specializing in American transportation (railroad, marine, aviation, bus, automobile) along with Old West artifacts and ephemera. He has had extensive historical collections appraisal experience, including appraisal of the Union Pacific Museum collection in Omaha in 1995 and also the archives of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1997 before they were dispersed to Stanford, the Bancroft, and other institutions. In addition to railroads, his clients have included museums, non-profits, estates and individuals. He is the author of Railroad Timetables, Travel Brochures, and Posters: A History and Guide for Collectors (Golden Hill Press, 1995), the first and only definitive work published on American railroad paper ephemera. He is sole proprietor of a retail business related involving railroad and other transportation ephemera.


Lum, Kathryn Gin

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University

Kathryn Gin Lum is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies in collaboration with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and History (by courtesy) at Stanford University. She is also an affiliate of Asian American Studies and American Studies. She is the author of Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction (Oxford University Press 2014) and co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History (Oxford University Press 2018). She is currently writing a book tentatively titled The Heathen World and America’s Humanitarian Impulse (under contract with Harvard University Press). Gin Lum received her PhD in History from Yale and her BA in History from Stanford.


MacDonald, Christina

Archaeologist, Caltrans District 5; Collections Manager, San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society Research and Collections Facility

I am an archaeologist at Caltrans District 5 (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties). I am also the manager for a repository that is in possession of collections from historic-era Chinese populations from the Central Coast of California, a region and population that has not received much research attention. It is my hope to better acquaint myself with current research themes regarding Chinese populations through my association with the Chinese Railroad Workers Archaeology Workshop, as well as to make existing collections I manage known and available to researchers for study.


Maniery, Mary L.

Principal, Cultural Resources Director, Co-Owner, PAR Environmental Services, Inc., Sacramento

Mary Maniery is a historian, architectural historian, and historical archaeologist who recognized the importance of interdisciplinary studies early in her 40-year career and actively pursued training to round out her education in these related disciplines.  Since earning her MA degree in Anthropology she has strived to achieve an integrated approach to her work throughout the western United States.  Her interest in Chinese emigrant history in the west began in 1984 when she excavated several blocks of Walnut Grove’s Chinese American community. Since then she has studied and excavated long-term Chinese emigrant communities and numerous work camps associated with Chinese miners, reclamation workers, and railroad workers throughout California and Nevada.  Mary has always sought ways to actively involve the public in historical archaeology through workshops, public lectures, media outlets, museum exhibits, classroom visits, and other venues.  Recently she co-authored a public-oriented book on the archaeology of Chinese railroad workers.  Her research interests  currently is focused on the archaeology of Chinese cooking features in California, including roasting ovens, multi-chambered woks, and hearths. She has published articles and books with avocational and professional societies and academic presses on her work, been a guest lecturer at historical societies and avocational group meetings, and continues to report on her work at national and state professional conferences.


Merritt, Christopher W.

Senior Preservation Planner, Utah Division of State History

Christopher W. Merritt received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Montana and an MS in industrial archaeology from Michigan Technological University. He is currently employed with the Utah Division of State History in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Molenda, John

Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

John Molenda is a graduate student at Columbia University with interests in the historical archaeology of China and Chinese Americans.


Ng, Joseph

Friends of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project

Joseph Ng has served as Rae Systems Vice President of Business Development and Chief Financial Officer since February 2001. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Ng was the Marketing Manager for the E-Services Division of Hewlett-Packard, and from 1997 to 1999, the Controller for the Personal Computer and Printer Division of Hewlett-Packard. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Ng was the Controller for the Computer Division of Hewlett-Packard—Japan, and from 1988 to 1990, the Chief Financial Officer for Applied Optoelectronic Technology Corporation. Mr. Ng received a B.S. in Accounting from Baruch College, and a M.A. in History (Advisors: Profs: Lyman Van Slyke and Harold Kahn) from Stanford University. Mr. Ng is a certified public accountant in the State of California. He was research assistant to Corrine Hoexter in the publication of From Canton to California: The Epic of Chinese Immigration Research at the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley included extracting information from Ng Poon Chu’s Chung Sai Yat Po, published around the turn of the century in Oakland, California. He also contributed to Coffin Home, Hong Kong conducting a sample review of correspondences between the Chinese Benevolent Association in San Francisco and Tung Wah Hospital administrators in Hong Kong in processing repatriation of bones from San Francisco to villages in South China.


Pfaelzer, Jean

Professor of American Studies, Asian Studies, English and Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware

Jean Pfaelzer is Professor of American Studies, Asian Studies, English and Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware.  During Spring, 2011, she was awarded the Senior Fulbright in American Culture at the University of Utrecht, NL.  She is the author of Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans, (Random House, Hardback & University of California Press, Paperback, 2007, 2008)the author of four other books including Parlor Radical: Rebecca Harding Davis and the Origins of American Social Realism and The Utopian Novel in America: The Politics of Form. Prof. Pfaelzer is working on her forthcoming book Of Human Bondage: Slavery in California and completing Muted Mutinies: Slave Revolts on Chinese Coolie Ships (both University of California Press). Driven Out was named one of the 100 notable books of the year by the New York TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, Top Ten Books of the Year by Choice, and based on her research Pfaelzer was named Asian American Hero.  Jean is on the Scholars Council of the National Women’s History Museum and was a consultant on the “1882 Project” which passed the US Senate and House of Representative in spring 2012 to acknowledge the history of anti-Chinese legislation.  She writes for Huffington PostHistory News Network, and The Globalist. Jean is currently on the team curating  I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story for the Smithsonian Museum of American History which will open in May 2013.  In 2013 she will hold the Bartlett Giamatti Fellowship, Beinecke Library, Yale Univ.

Jean Pfaelzer received her Ph.D. from University College, London, Graduate Certificate in Politics and Culture from Cambridge University (Dir. Raymond Williams) and BA and MA from Univ. California, Berkeley (Dir. Henry Nash Smith). She has served as Chair of the International Women’s Task Force of the American Studies Association, on the International Committee of ASA, and the Women’s Committee of ASA.  She has taught and delivered lectures at Xi’an International Studies University, China, and at the Universities of Granada, Malaga, Barcelona, Seville, in Spain; Universities of Utrecht, Leiden, Nijmegen , Netherlands; Univ. at Thessaloniki, GR; University of Norwich, UK, and University of Coimbra, Portugal, amongst other places. She has served as the Executive Director of the National Labor Law Center, and as Senior Legislative Analyst for Hon. Frank McCloskey, US House of Representatives, on issues of immigration, labor, and women. She speaks frequently on National Public Radio on issues of immigration and labor.


Polk, Mike

Principal Archaeologist, Sagebrush Consultants, LLC

I currently am Principal Archaeologist and Regional Director at Sagebrush Consultants, L.L.C., in Ogden, Utah. My role as owner ended June 30, 2013 when Sagebrush was acquired by Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group (CCRG). Sagebrush now operates as a regional office. My role here remains similar to what I have done for the last 30 years. I focus on marketing for this region of the country, managing large projects, working with tribes and undertaking fieldwork. In my position as Principal Archaeologist and Co-Owner of Sagebrush Consultants, L.L.C., I oversaw operations of Sagebrush Consultants; conduct marketing activities for the company; worked as Principal on many large cultural resource projects in the Intermountain West; informally consulted with tribes; undertook fieldwork. Ann S. Polk and I founded the Sagebrush company in August 1983.


Praetzellis, Adrian

Professor of Anthropology, Sonoma State University

Adrian Praetzellis teaches archaeology at Sonoma State University and is Director of the Anthropological Studies Center, an on-campus research facility. Adrian immigrated to the US after learning his trade on the British archaeological “circuit” in the early 1970s. Since then, he has specialized in historical archaeology, especially in urban contexts, where he serves as Principal Investigator for numerous archaeological research projects. Dr. Praetzellis was awarded the 2003 T.F. King Award in Cultural Resources Management and the 2011 M.R. Harrington Award for Conservation Archaeology by the Society for California Archaeology. Governor Brown appointed Adrian to the State Historic Resources Commission in 2013. A Ph.D. in Anthropology earned under James Deetz has enabled him to ride that great man’s coattails to a modest level of professional legitimacy, telling “stories” in costume and out at professional and public gatherings.


Praetzellis, Mary

Associate Director, Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University

Mary Praetzellis has an MA in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and works in the public sector doing archaeology in advance of development for public agencies and private developers. Ms. Praetzellis has managed contracts worth over $30,000,000 and a cadre of 40 employees. She believes that CRM provides unique opportunities to connect past and present and to engage local communities in these understandings. Her work is contextual and community based. She has been fortunate in having the opportunity to work on numerous Chinese American sites in the West. Her team has studied Chinese merchants, boardinghouse keepers, launderers, miners, vegetable peddlers, and laborers from the 1850s through the 1930s and generated a number of publications and exhibits in print and online. Within archaeological contexts, she has moved from African American porters to the Black Panther Party, and from 19th-century kindergartens to Head Start. Ms. Praetzellis decades-long collaboration with her husband has produced many co-authored publications and two children.


Sexton, Phil

Cultural and Historic Interpreter, California State Parks

Phil Sexton is the senior historic interpreter for the Capital District of California State Parks in Sacramento, including the California State Railroad Museum. Phil is part of a team of both paid staff and volunteers who are tasked with interpreting and perpetuating one of the great stories of America, the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. In addition to research and planning, he teaches interpretation and effective communications for interpreters, and works with the UC Davis History Project by working with educators learning about how to teach about the building of the transcontinental railroad and western expansion. Phil is a graduate of Humboldt State University, and did graduate work both at Humboldt and Cal State Bakersfield, as well coursework at Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO. He is the Director of Region 9 of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI,) which includes Northern California, Northern Nevada and the Pacific Islands. In 2017, Phil was named a “Master Interpreter” by NAI.

He has contributed to several trail guides for the Central Sierra Nevada, and has been published in Legacy magazine. His photographs have been published in Legacy, Sunset and Via magazines. In addition to speaking engagements around the country, Phil has been interviewed for documentaries related to the transcontinental railroad by Chinese, French, German and British television companies, as well as productions airing on PBS and commercial television in the US. From 2013 to 2016 he was a railroad history consultant for the AMC television show Hell on Wheels.

Prior to his career in California State Parks, Phil worked for both the National Park Service and United States Forest Service. During his Forest Service career, he lived and worked at 6,000 feet just west of Donner Pass and has extensively explored and helped document construction sites occupied by thousands of Chinese who built the Transcontinental Railroad. Though he now lives in the foothills, he considers the Donner Pass area to be home.


Shao, Dongfang

Chief, Asian Division, Library of Congress, USA

Born in China, Dongfang Shao received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Beijing Normal University, and came to the United States in 1986 and earned his PhD in history from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a fellowship from the East-West Center in Honolulu. Dr. Shao taught for nearly six years in the Chinese Studies Department of the National University of Singapore and also served for two years on the Advisory Panel for Singapore National Library Board’s Chinese Library Service before moving to Stanford University in 1999.  As a visiting professor in the Department of Asian Languages, Dr. Shao taught graduate level courses on Sinological research methods and topics in advanced Classical Chinese; and he also advised doctoral candidates on their dissertation research. Subsequently appointed research fellow in Stanford’s innovative Asian Religions & Cultures Initiative, he continued teaching and provided advanced reference and research assistance as well as bibliographic instruction to students in the university’s Departments of East Asian Cultures and Languages, History, and Religious Studies.  In May 2003, after one academic year teaching at Fo Guang University in Taiwan, Dr. Shao was appointed head of Stanford’s East Asia Library, the university’s primary East Asian-language collection in the social sciences and humanities for all historical periods.

Dr. Shao began his new responsibilities as chief of Asian Division, Library of Congress in Washington, DC on April 23, 2012.  In this capacity, he serves as the Library of Congress’ primary expert in the provision of reference services related to material in all languages of Asia and the Pacific Islands, and has custodial responsibility for the largest Asian language collections outside of Asia. Dr. Shao was appointed by President John L. Hennessy as a member of Advisory Council of Stanford University Libraries in July 2012.


Shu, Yuan

Associate Professor, Texas Tech University

Yuan Shu received his combined Ph. D in English and American Studies at Indiana University at Bloomington in 1999. At Texas Tech University, he teaches contemporary American literature with an emphasis on postmodern American fiction, Vietnam War literature, and Asian American studies. He has published articles in journals that vary from Cultural Critique to College Literature. He is completing his book manuscript “Empire and Cosmopolitics: Technology, Discourse, and Chinese American Literature.”


Sommer, Matthew

Professor of Chinese History, Stanford University

My research focuses on sexuality, gender relations, chosen kinship, and law during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) and the main sources for my work are legal cases from central and local archives in China. The main local archives I have used happen to be located in Sichuan, which is my favorite part of China. I also like to use popular fiction and other non-legal sources for historical research.

My first book, “Sex, Law and Society in Late-Imperial China” is primarily a legal history, but more recent projects use legal cases to explore social historical topics as well. My second book, “Polyandry and Wife-Selling in Qing Dynasty China: Survival Strategies and Judicial Interventions,” was published in September 2015. I am now completing my third book, which analyzes male same-sex relations and masculinity in eighteenth-century China, on the basis of some 1700 relevant cases. Long-term plans include a fourth book, about criminal procedure in the Qing dynasty.


Suh, Chris

Doctoral Candidate, History, Stanford University

Chris Suh is a PhD candidate in the department of history at Stanford University and an associate managing editor for special forums of the Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS). He has worked on various web projects including Perry in Japan: A Visual History, and most recently he cowrote with Greg Robinson, “Historical Consciousness and Transnational American Studies,” Journal of Transnational American Studies 4, no. 2 (2012).


Sunseri, Charlotte

Assistant Professor & Graduate Coordinator, San Jose State University

Charlotte Sunseri holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is an anthropological archaeologist with expertise in zooarchaeological and GIS-based spatial analyses. Her specialties include California hunter-gather archaeology and historical archaeology of mining communities of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Sunseri’s research of ancient coastal groups of California has focused on economics associated with the emergence of social inequality along the Monterey Bay. Her current project investigates the intertwining of labor, power, and identity in a late nineteenth century milling community of the eastern Sierra Nevada. Her investigation hinges on the articulation of Chinese, Paiute, and Euro-Americans in a socioracial hierarchy and explores how ethnic and class-based identity construction and expression among laborers contributed to community cohesion or tensions in post-gold rush towns. Most broadly,her research interests include social inequality and identity, industry and labor, material evaluation, cultural landscapes, and economic anthropology.

Before joining the SJSU Anthropology Department, Dr. Sunseri taught courses at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz where she received an award in recognition of her teaching. As a Clogg Fellow at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sunseri was part of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Her research has been funded by the STEPS-UC Santa Cruz Award for Innovation in Environmental Research and the National Science Foundation. She has worked as a professional archaeologist in the San Francisco Bay area and at sites throughout California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and Mali, West Africa. Invitations for her to present her research in both public and academic forums have included the Stanford Archaeology Center, UC-Santa Cruz Anthropology Department, Society for American Archaeology, Society for California Archaeology, Sacramento Archaeological Society, and Texas  Archaeological Society. Her most recent publication appears in Animals and Inequality in the Ancient World (University of Colorado Press) as well as numerous technical reports on the archaeology of California, Nevada, Utah, and Texas sites.


Tan, Jinhua (Selia)

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Research Center for Overseas Chinese Hometown Culture in Guangdong Province, Wuyi University

Jinhua Tan was a researcher and director in the Kaiping Diaolou Research Department of the Kaiping Municipal Government from 2004 to 2008. She helped set up the Kaiping Diaolou Archives and the exhibitions for the heritage area in Kaiping. She also helped set up the Sun Yat-sen University Research Base in Kaiping. She was one of the key preparers for the application dossier and the management plan submitted to UNESCO for the World Heritage listing application in 2006. She researched the local history and culture of Sze Yip and Kaiping for a few years, although she was a conservationist by training. She is one of the key researchers of the Research Center for Overseas Chinese Hometown Culture of Guangdong Province, Wuyi University.

She received her Masters degree in the Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong.  Currently she is a PhD candidate at the same department.  She teaches part-time at the Department of Architecture, Wuyi University since 2009. She was invited to lecture in more than ten overseas institutions about the background history of overseas Chinese hometowns and the conservation practice of the World Heritage sites of Kaiping.


Gabriel Wolfenstein

Gabriel Wolfenstein is a historian by training, whose work is in Victorian Britain, with specific focus on the history of statistics and the census. He is particularly interested in how the making and taking of such surveys impacts the way people think about themselves and the world around them. Other interests include the rise of bureaucracies and the popularization of science, as well as the role of the digital in humanities scholarship. He also reads a lot of science fiction and fantasy literature, occasionally incorporating it into the academic realm. Most broadly, he is deeply engaged with the issue articulating the importance of the humanities to citizenship, broadly understood, and understanding the role of the digital in that relationship. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from The New School for Social Research, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Yin, Xiao-huang ()

Professor and Chair, American Studies Department and Special Adviser to the President on Chinese Initiatives, Occidental College; Changjiang Chair Professor, Nanjing University

Dr. Yin has served as the founding director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University and represented CIEE and IES to conduct program reviews in China. Specializing in transnational/transcultural studies of the Chinese American experience, U.S.-China relations, and modern China, Dr. Yin is the author of Chinese American Literature since the 1850s (Illinois, 2000) and co-editor of The Expanding Roles of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China Relations (M.E. Sharpe, 2002). He is also an advisory editor of and a contributor to New Americans: Immigration to the United States since the 1960s (Harvard, 2007) and a contributor to many other books, including The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History (Oxford, 2012), The Blackwell Companion to American Immigration (Blackwell, 2006), Chinese American Transnationalism (Temple, 2005), Diaspora Philanthropy and Equitable Development: Perspectives on China and India (Harvard, 2004), American Babel: Essays on Language, Immigration and Translation (Harvard, 2003), The Outlook of U.S.-China Relations (Hong Kong, 2001), and Multilingual America: Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature (NYU, 1998) as well as journals/magazines such as American QuarterlyAmerican Studies, American PeriodicalsArizona QuarterlyJournal of American-East Asian Relations, Journal of Chinese Overseas, Atlantic Monthly, etc. In addition, he has published extensively in Chinese on the Chinese Diaspora, U.S.-China relations and transcultural studies, including An Anthology of Global and Transnational Studies (co-edited with He Changzhou).


Yung, Rene

Project Director and Artistic Director, Chinese Whispers

Rene Yung is an internationally exhibiting artist, designer, thinker, and writer. Combining the poetic and the incisive, her cross-disciplinary civic engagement works address social and cultural issues in the built environment by connecting people, history, and place to articulate the hidden and the overlooked. Her work has been exhibited at international venues including TransCulture, part of the 46th Venice Biennale, and she has created extensive public projects for national institutions including the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle and consulted for the Maya Lin-designed Museum of Chinese in the Americas, New York. Yung is Project and Artistic Director of Chinese Whispers, a multi-site, multi-platform research and storytelling project about the Chinese who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad and the settlements of the American West. She is Artistic Director of “City Beneath the City,” an art installation featuring artifacts from the San Jose Market Street Chinatown excavation, in collaboration with the Stanford Archaeology Center, History San Jose, Chinese Historical Cultural Project, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. The installation was created for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art as part of the Zero1 art and technology biennale “Seeking Silicon Valley,” and was also adapted for exhibition at the Stanford Archaeology Center. An alumna of Stanford University, Yung has received numerous grant awards, including from the San Francisco Foundation, the California Humanities Council, the Creative Work Fund, Creative Capital, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. A native of Hong Kong, Yung currently resides in San Francisco.


Zhang, Guoxiong (张国雄)

Vice-Chancellor, Wu Yi University (五邑大学副校长)

Zhang Guoxiong, born in 1955 in Chongqing, obtained his Masters and PhD degrees from the History Department of Wuhan University. He did post-doctoral work at Peking University in 1995, and is Vice Chancellor of Wu Yi University in Guangdong Province, Vice President of the Guangdong Overseas Chinese Historical Society, and Vice President of the Guangdong Overseas Chinese Research Association. He has expertise in the study of overseas Chinese culture and geography. His publications includeWuyi Cultural Origins,Hunan and Hubei Immigrants in the Ming and Qing Dynasties,Cultural History of Wuyi Overseas Chinese.


Zhang, Yinglong (张应龙)

Associate Dean, Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies in Jinan University (暨南大学华人华侨研究院副院长)

Zhang Yinglong, born in 1958 in Chaoyang, Guangdong Province, graduated from the History Department of Jinan University in 1982 and obtained his doctorate degree of history from Jinan University in 1994. Zhang is professor and Associate Dean at the Overseas Chinese Institute at Jinan University, member of the Expert Advisory Committee of the State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs, Vice President of the Office of Overseas Chinese Historical Society, and Vice President of Guangdong Overseas Chinese Historical Society. He specialized in studies of overseas Chinese and ethnic Chinese in Malaysia. Main academic works include Singapore and Malaysia Overseas Chinese History (co-authored with Lin Yuanhui), Overseas Chinese and New China (chief editor), and Overseas Chinese Abroad and the Revolution of 1911 (chief editor).




We would like to thank the following individuals for their valuable assistance:

Bryant, Matt. Project Manager and Lab Manager, CESTA

Cain, Julie.

Chang, Shu-li (張淑麗). Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature and Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (國立成功大學外國語文學系教授暨文學院副院長)

Chen, Chung-jen (陳重仁). Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, Taiwan (國立臺灣大學外國語文學系助理教授)

Chi, Yuan-Wen (紀元文). Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (中央研究院歐美研究所副研究員)

Chu, Denise. Stanford Global Studies

Dening, Sik Lee.

Fichter, James. Associate Professor, Department of History, Lingnan University (香港嶺南大學)

Frank, Zephyr. Associate Professor of History, Stanford University.

Fuh, Shyh-Jen (傅士珍). Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (國立清華大學外國語文學系教授)

Heppler, Jason. Academic Technology Specialist, Department of History, Stanford University

Ho, Wen-Ching (何文敬). Distinguished Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Feng Chia University, Taiwan (逢甲大學外國語文學系特聘教授)

Huang, Annian (黃安年). Professor, School of History, Beijing Normal University, China (北京師範大學歷史學院教授)

Jickman, Barbara.

Jackson-Retondo, Elaine.

Johnsrud, Brian.

Kane, Megan

Lam, Amy.

Le, Lin.

Lee, Hsiu-chuan (李秀娟) Professor, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan (國立臺灣師範大學英語學系教授)

Lee, Sue.

Lee, Yu-cheng (李有成). Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (中央研究院歐美研究所特聘研究員)

Lowman, Chris.

McVarish, Maria. Lab Affiliate, CESTA.

Meisels, Rachel.

Miaw, Calvin.

Moore, Monica. Program Administrator, American Studies

Moy, Eugene.

Naruta-Moya, Anna. Archivist, Archaeological Records Management Section, State of New Mexico; Independent Scholar

Nou, Jason. Principal Studio Operator, Stanford Center for Professional Development, School of Engineering

Pezzarossi, Guido.

Qiu, Qi. Librarian, East Asia Library, Stanford University Libraries

Shan, Te-hsing (單德興). Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (中央研究院歐美研究所特聘研究員)

Steiner, Erik. Creative Director, Spatial History Project

Stone, Benjamin Lee. Curator, British and American History, Stanford University Libraries

Sun, Raina.

Sun, Yifeng. Professor of Translation Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (香港嶺南大學)

Sword, Molly.

Tian, Yuan.

Treharn, Elaine.

Wang, Mai.

Weisz, Gary.

Widener, Mike. Academic Technology Specialist, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Stanford University.


Research Assistants

Past Stanford Undergraduate Research Assistants

Boyee, Griffin

Chang, Juliana

Fryauff, Krista

Huynh, Kim Phuong

Lee, Kristen

Lun, Pearle Hsiao-Yueh

Kaye, Asher

Madison, Jill

Miller, Ian

O’Brien, Cleo Udry

Sadlier, Sarah

Schrier, Emilia

Smith, Christina

Srbinovski, Bojan

Tang, Aoxue

Weiser, Nathan

Zhang, Angela

Zhao, Xiaolin (Catherine). Former graduate student in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University.