The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project, involves more than a hundred participating scholars from the U.S., China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Canada who are investigating the topic from a wide range disciplines including history, archaeology, architecture, literature, and cultural studies.

In addition to the Project Leaders, the following people are actively involved with the project:


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.


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)

Chang, Shu-li is Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at National Cheng-kung University. She also serves as President of the English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China. Her current research and teaching interests include diaspora studies, trauma theories, and Jewish American fiction. Her articles and essays have appeared in Concentric, Tamkang Review, and NTU Studies in Language and Literature.


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)

Chung-jen Chen is currently assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University. He used to be associate professor in the Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine and the General Education Center of Taipei Medical University (TMU). His areas of study include literary theory, cultural studies, postcolonial theories, nineteenth century British fiction, Asian American literature, and contemporary British fiction. His articles appeared in prestigious peer-reviewed journals like Chung-Wai Literary Quarterly, Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, Tamkang Review and Wenshan Review. His book, Literature, Empire and Medical Fascination, will be published this October.


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

Associate 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). 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

Associate 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 most recent publication is Modern China’s Network Revolution: Chambers of Commerce and Sociopolitical Change in the Early Twentieth Century (Stanford: CA: Stanford University Press, 2011). 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.”


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)

Yuan-wen Chi is Associate Research Felllow in the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He received his doctoral degree in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1993. The focus of his studies is contemporary American literature, African American studies and the theory of the novel.


Choy, Philip P.

Independent Scholar

Philip Choy is 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.

Even though he has retired from teaching, he is still an adjunct professor in San Francisco State’s Asian American Studies Department. He has 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 of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sue Fawn Chung was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA, her master’s from Harvard University, and her doctorate from UCB.  She has worked with the Nevada State Railroad Museum and Nevada State Museum, both in Carson City, on exhibits and media programs on Chinese 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 (based on his book).

She co-edited Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors (Altamire, 2005) with Priscilla Wegars and recently published In Pursuit of Gold:  Chinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West (Urbana, 2011), which won the 2013 Bancroft Honor Award. She is currently finishing a book manuscript on Chinese immigrants working in the timber industry, which was related not only to mining but also to railroad construction.


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.


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.


Fichter, James

Associate Professor, Department of History, Lingnan University

James Fichter received his Ph.D., Harvard University, History, 2006; 
M.A., Harvard University, History, 2003
; B.A., Brown University, History and International Relations, 2001. His areas of interest are Early American history, Atlantic history, British imperial history, global history, the US in the world, American studies, business history, economic history, environmental history, and the history of American-Chinese relations. He is the author of So Great a Proffit: How the East Indies Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism (Harvard University Press, 2010), which received the Thomas J. Wilson Prize, Harvard University Press (2009)
 Honorable Mention and the Ralph Gomory Prize from the Business History Conference (2011) His other book projects include Passage to India: The Suez Canal and the Anglo-French Empires in Asia, 1798-1885 and The Other Side: Chinese-American Relations from Origins to Present. His research interests also include Pacific labor traffic and Sino-American relations and he is interested in developing teaching materials on the Chinese railroad workers for use in courses on the history of Chinese-American relations.


Fong, Barre

Independent Filmmaker and Graphic Designer

Barre Fong is a fourth generation, native San Franciscan. He was educated at the University of San Francisco and graduated in 1990. He has been married since 1997 and is the father of two young children.

Professionally, Barre has owned and operated a graphic design, photography and video production studio since 1991. Serving local and international clients, work has included advertising, corporate collateral and communication, commercial photography, video production, website design and website administration. In 2009, Barre began filmmaking in earnest – completing five short documentary films over the next three years. His film Detained at Liberty’s Door, produced with historian Connie Young Yu, is currently featured at the Angel Island Immigration Station.

Barre serves on the Board of Trustees of the Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco and is the President of the Board of Directors at the Chinese Historical Society of America.


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)

Shyh-jen Fuh received her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently teaches in the Department of Foreign Languages and literature at National Hsin Hua University, Taiwan. Her research interests include Asian American literature, modern and contemporary literature and theory, poetry, and Derrida. Recent results of her research include several journal articles on Filipino American literature and a book on late Derrida.


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.

SELECT PUBLICATIONS Harrod RP, Thompson JL, and Martin DL. 2013. Hard Labor and Hostile Encounters: What human remains reveal about institutional violence and Chinese immigrants living in Carlin, Nevada (1885-1923). Historical Archaeology 46(4):85-111.


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.


Hessel, Teri

Teri Hessel has a BA in American History from UC Santa Barbara and a MLA from Stanford University.  She has a particular interest in literature by 19th century marginalized groups in America as demonstrated by her thesis “Frank J. Webb’s The Garies and Their Friends: A Reconsideration of an Early African American Novel.”  Happiest in the stacks with their tantalizing possibility of discovery, Teri will investigate primary sources to help recover the 19th-century Chinese experience in America.

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)

Wen-ching Ho is currently distinguished professor of English at Feng Chia University in Taiwan. Formerly a research fellow at the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, Ho received his Ph.D. degree from the Program in American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1989. His research interests include William Faulkner, Kate Chopin, African American and Chinese American literatures. He has published over thirty essays on writers including Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Kate Chopin, Charles Chesnutt, Maxine Hong Kingston, Louis Chu, Shawn Wong, David Wong Louie, and Chuang Hua; in addition, he has translated Shawn Wong’s Homebase and Toni Morrison’s Beloved into Chinese. Now he is translating and annotating W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk. He is the author of Who Am I? Cultural Identity in American Fiction, and editor of a number of books, including Cultural Identity and Chinese American Literature, Politics of Representation and Chinese American Literature, and Teaching English Language and Literature: Linking Theory to Practice.


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)

Huang, Annian is a history professor at Beijing Normal University. He was born on 28th Oct., 1936 in Wujin County, Jiangsu Province. Professor Huang was admitted to History Department of Beijing Normal University in 1954, where he stayed to teach when graduated in 1958. Three years later, he left History Department and held a post in the Teaching and Research Office of BNU for seventeen years. In 1978, he returned History Department and served successively as teacher, associate professor, professor and advisor of postgraduate students in American history until he retired in 1998. His academic honors are as follows: former Vice-President of American History Research Association of China (1993-2008), former Secretary General of American History Research Association of China (concurrent, 1990-1996), International Contributing Editor of the Journal of American History (USA, 1992-Present), executive council member of Chinese Association of American Studies (1993-Present), former executive council member and Secretary General of History Research Association of Beijing (1986-1998), adviser of American History Research Association of China (2008-Present). From 1991 to 2012, Prof. Huang paid six academic visits or investigations to the United States, staying in U.S. for 4 years in total. Totally, Prof. Huang has published more than 30 books and over 300 articles. Among his publications are: The Spikes No Longer Keep Silent: Chinese Laborers and the Construction of North American Railroads (Baishan Publishing House, 2010); Old Topics and New Challenges: The Rise of the United States and Contemporary America (China Legal Publishing House, 2009); The Silent Spikes, Chinese Laborers and the Construction of North American Railroads (China Intercontinental Press, 2006), which has been published in both English and Chinese; Contemporary American Social Security Policies (China Social Sciences Press, 1998); The Rise of the United States (China Social Sciences Press, 1992); American Chronicles: American Life in the Eye of a Chinese Scholar (Culture and Art Publishing House, 2005); Essays on American Social and Economic History (Shanxi Education Publishing House, 1993); The United States in the 20th Century (Hebei People’s Publishing House, 1987). In the past ten years, Prof. Huang has been dedicating himself to promoting academic exchange through the website. In 2002, he launched his personal academic website “Academic Exchanges” at So far he has posted over 30,000 articles at the website, and the cumulative visitors to the site have exceeded 10 million. In March 2007, he started his blog at Up to the present, he has posted above 10,700 articles and more than 73,000 pictures at his blog, and the visits of the blog have surpassed 13 million. His current research fields include: American economic history, American Studies, contemporary world issues, American social security policies, and the role of Chinese laborers in the construction of American railroads.


Hsu, Roland

Director of Research for the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University

Roland Hsu is assisting with archival research and writing on the nineteenth-century history of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America.

Hsu’s publications address migration and ethnic identity formation. His writing focuses on the history of migration, and on contemporary immigration policy questions, combining humanistic and social science methods and materials to answer what displaces peoples, how do societies respond to migration, and what are the experiences of resettlement.

Currently in the area of U.S.-Chinese history, Hsu is researching U.S. receptions of Chinese intellectuals in exile, who visited China during 1971 to 1981, in the wake of the Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon covert and public meetings with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai.

Hsu’s books explore the subject of displaced peoples, with plans to publish three titles on ethnicity, migration, and diaspora. His first book, “Ethnic Europe: Mobility, Identity, and Conflict in a Globalized World” (Stanford University Press, 2010) explores what it means to lay claim to ethnic difference in the traditional national cultures of Europe. “Ethnic Europe” combines essays by leading scholars whom Hsu with research partners brought to Stanford. The book is edited and begins with an essay by Hsu on how we think about ethnicity, and why recognizing ethnicity unsettles social tradition in increasingly globalized Europe.

Hsu’s second book, “Migration and Integration: New Models for Mobility and Coexistence” (University of Vienna Press, 2016) asks what displaces people, and how do migrants return or resettle. Co-edited with Christoph Reinprecht (University of Vienna) “Migration and Integration” compares international and internal migration in China, Korea, North Africa, and Europe. Based on the design with faculty partners of a series of visiting fellowships, workshops, and an international conference, Hsu and Reinprecht invited scholars from multiple disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences to contribute to this volume on the history, politics, and culture of migration and integration in an illuminating East-West comparison.

His third book in this series of studies on displaced peoples is “Global Diaspora: Communities of Mind and Place”, co-edited with Dag Blanck (Uppsala University) from Oxford University Press (in process). Essays in this book will ask how models of resettled communities and diasporas should be revised to help us understand histories of migrant experience. Combining thirty historical and contemporary case studies, this book on “Diaspora” to be published in the Oxford University Press Handbook series, will help us rethink what has been the consequence of labeling a migrant community as a diaspora, why contemporary displacements due to war, poverty, and climate change disperse peoples more widely, and how we can understand the emerging experience of real and virtual migrant communities.

Hsu earned his Ph.D. in Modern European History at the University of Chicago. He holds an M.A. in Art History from Chicago, and a dual B.A. in Art History and also English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.


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 Advisor, 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 Advisor for the Chinese Railroad Workers Project.


Kennedy, Ryan

Graduate Student & Laboratory Manager, William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Laboratory, Indiana University

Ryan Kennedy is a doctoral student at Indiana University, where he manages the William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Laboratory. Ryan has worked with faunal collections from multiple historic archaeological sites and his current dissertation research examines food practices through faunal and floral material from the Market Street Chinatown in San Jose, California. He is particularly interested in the interplay between food and identity and the ways that food connects people at multiple scales, from local interactions to international trade networks. 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 counter 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 20th century U.S. social and cultural history, comparative ethnic studies, Asian American history, and cinema studies. She held a postdoctoral position in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University and was a lecturer in the Department of History at Harvard University. Her first book manuscript, “Pacific Theater: Movie-going and Migration in Asian America, 1907 to 1950,” examines the circulation of films across the Pacific and the immigrant viewing publics that emerged in major hubs throughout the western regions of the United States and Hawai’i. It follows the historical experiences of Japanese and Japanese Americans as spectators, exhibitors, and producers of a transnational film culture that took shape in the early twentieth century. Chapters from the book have been published in Pacific Historical Review vol. 81 issue 3 (August 2012) and The Rising Tide of Color: Race, Radicalism, and Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond, ed. Moon-Ho Jung (Seattle: University of Washington Press, forthcoming).


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)

Hsiu-chuan Lee received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is Professor of English at National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. Her research interests are Asian American studies, psychoanalysis, film theories, and Toni Morrison. She authored Re-siting Routes: Japanese American Travels in the Case of Cynthia Kadohata and David Mura (2003) and translated Toni Morrison’s Sula into Chinese (2008). Her articles appear on journals such as Chuag-Wai Literary Quarterly, Review of English and American Literature, Tamkang Review, Short Story Criticism, EurAmerica, and Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. Her most recent essay on Ruth Ozeki’s All over Creation is forthcoming with Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies’ special issue “Phantom Asian American” (September 2013).


Lee, Kristen

Kristen Lee is a recent graduate from Stanford with a major in History, focusing on the United States. She has been part of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project with Professors Gordon Chang and Shelley Fishkin since its early stages in 2012. Kristen works with both secondary and primary sources, particularly periodicals, as well as the construction of a timeline of the Chinese railroad workers’ history, and is excited to further develop new ways to understand and visualize the project’s findings.


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.


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)

Professor Yu-cheng Lee holds a doctorate in comparative literature from National Taiwan University and is currently Distinguished Research Fellow (Professor) at the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He was the former director of the institute and editor-in-chief of EurAmerica, the institute’s quarterly journal. He also holds a joint appointment at National Sun Yat-sen University as Professor of Literature and teaches at National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Normal University as an adjunct professor. Among his research interests are African American literature, Asian British and Asian American literatures, contemporary British fiction, literary theory and cultural criticism. His more recent academic publications in Chinese include In the Tracks of Literary Multiculturalism (2005), In the Age of Theory (2006), Transgression: Towards a Critical Study of African American Literature and Culture (2006), Literary Polyvocalism (2006), The Other (2012; simplified Chinese edition 2013) and Diaspora (2013). Professor Lee’s other writings are Time (2006, a collection of poetry) and Before the Statue of Gandhi and Other London Essays (2008, a collection of personal essays; simplified Chinese edition 2013).


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, USA

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.


Lowman, Christopher

PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Christopher Lowman is in his second year of his PhD in Anthropology at UC Berkeley. He is focusing on historical archaeology, and is particularly interested in the archaeology of immigrant groups in the United States, as well as public archaeology and museum anthropology. Before studying at Berkeley, Christopher attended Stanford University and double majored in history and archaeology. He has worked for the San Francisco Planning Office researching the Chinese in early San Francisco, Oakland-based CRM firm Archeo-Tec, the Revs Program at Stanford researching historic racecars, and has participated on excavations in Turkey, England, Hawaii, and the San Francisco Bay Area.


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.


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.


Naruta-Moya, Anna

Archivist, Archaeological Records Management Section, State of New Mexico; Independent Scholar

Dr. Anna Naruta-Moya is a specialist in recovering and documenting lost or obscured information. Working with Connie Young Yu, Philip P. Choy, and Him Mark Lai, she was lead curator for The Chinese of Californiaexhibition of the Bancroft Library, the California Historical Society, and CHSA, a first-ever collaborative exhibit which set at an all-time attendance record at the host venue, the California Historical Society. Anna Naruta-Moya has been a processing archivist for the National Archives and a processing and reference archivist for the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University. She recently married the Tewa artist Daniel Moya and is diving into the historical record of the southwest, as an archivist focusing on archaeological records for the State of New Mexico. Selected Publications: Creating Whiteness in California: Racialization Processes, Land, and Policy in the Context of California’s Chinese Exclusion Movements, 1850 to 1910. A Historical and Archaeological Study of the Chinatowns and Early Development of Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Oakland, PhD dissertation, 2006, UC Berkeley (online at )

“Activating Legal Protections for Archaeological Remains of Historic Chinatown Sites: Lessons Learned from Oakland, California” Chinese America History & Perspectives 2007 (online at ) Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act, 2007, exhibition, online at To Enjoy and Defend Our American Citizenship, July 2007 – December 13, 2008, exhibition, online at “Introduction – Labor and San Francisco’s Garment Industry” Chinese America History & Perspectives 2008 (available at )


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.


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)

Te-hsing Shan received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from National Taiwan University in 1986. He previously served as the Convener of the Foreign Literature Division of the National Science Council (1996-1997) and the Advisor to its Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (2007-2010). Currently, he is Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, ROC. He was a Fulbright Post-doctoral Research Fellow at University of California, Irvine (1989-1990), a Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholar (1994-1995), a Visiting Scholar at the University of Birmingham (1998-1999), and a Fulbright Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (2005-2006). In order to promote American literary studies in Taiwan, he and his colleagues at Academia Sinica have organized many national and international conferences, notably including those on Asian American literature. In addition, he has been involved in several international projects, such as the PALA (Project of American Literature in Asia), headed by Paul Lauter, the LOWINUS Project (Languages of What Is Now the United States), headed by Werner Sollors and Marc Shell, and the Amerasia Journal translation project. In addition to journal articles and book chapters, his publications include Inscriptions and Representations: Chinese American Literary and Cultural Criticism (2000), Re(-)acting (Hi-)Story: American Literary History and Cultural Criticism (2001), Translations and Contexts (2007), Transgressions and Innovations: Asian American Literary and Cultural Studies (2008), and Edward W. Said in Taiwan (2011). He has also published two collections of interviews: Dialogues and Interchanges: Interviews with Contemporary Writers and Critics (2001), and In the Company of the Wise: Conversations with Asian American Writers and Critics (2009). Moreover, as a practicing translator, he has translated nearly twenty books from English into Chinese, including The Challenge of the American Dream (1997), Representations of the Intellectual (1997), an annotated translation of Gulliver’s Travels (2004), and Power, Politics, and Culture: Interviews with Edward W. Said (2005), for which he was conferred the Golden Tripod Award for the Best Translation of the Year in Taiwan in 2006. The result of his most recent international translation project is the two-volume Global Identities, Local Voices: Amerasia Journal at 40 Years (2012-2013), for which he served, with Russell Leong and Don Nakanishi, as one of the three co-editors and organized the Sinophone translation team. In recognition of his academic achievements, he was conferred with the Award of Excellence by the National Science Council three times (1996, 2002, 2009) and the Academic Award by the Ministry of Education (2010). His research areas include American literary history, Asian American Literature, Cultural Studies, and Translation Studies.


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.”


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).


Sun, Yifeng

Professor of Translation Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Prof. Sun Yifeng is the author of several books, including Fragmentation and Dramatic Moments (2002) and Perspective, Interpretation and Culture: Literary Translation and Translation Theory (2004, 2nd ed. 2006), and co-editor of Translation, Globalisation and Localisation (2008) and editor of Anthology of 20th Century Chinese Literature: Novellas and Short Stories (forthcoming).


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.


Weisz, Gary (co-authoring paper with James Bard)

Although not a professional archaeologist I have conducted archaeological research for many years and have quite an extensive reference library of professional papers and reports. My research covers not only historic archaeology (Overseas Chinese and the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trade) but prehistory as well, mostly concentrating on early Holocene tool kit assemblages from the Columbia Plateau. I have worked with several professional archaeologists over the past few years.


Yin, Xiao-huang (尹晓煌)

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).


Yu, Connie Young

Independent Scholar

Connie Young Yu, independent historian, has documented Chinese American history in exhibits, videos, and writings largely based on oral history, artifacts and memorabilia of her family. Her maternal great-grandfather, Lee Wong Sang worked on the Transcontinental Railroad, and her paternal grandfather Young Soong Quong fled the Market Street Chinatown in San Jose, when it was burned by arson. Her father, John C. Young, was born and raised in Heinlenville Chinatown, San Jose, which is the subject of Yu’s book, CHINATOWN, SAN JOSE, published by History/San Jose. The exhibit at the Chinese Historical Society, “Detained at Liberty’s Door” is about Yu’s maternal grandmother held on Angel Island Immigration Station. Connie was one of the community activists that saved the immigration barracks on Angel Island in 1974. She was a consultant on the archaeological excavations of the Woolen Mills Chinatown (at route 87) and San Jose’s Corporation Yard in Japantown. With Leslie Masunaga, Yu curated the exhibit on the history and archaeology of Chinatown and early Japantown, “On Common Ground”, for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.  She is co-authoring a book with Masunaga, “Digging to Common Ground,” to be published by the California History Center. Yu is a board member emeritus, Chinese Historical Society of America and serves as president of the board of trustees of Hakone Foundation.


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).