Chinese-language book on the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America

A Chinese-language book, 北美鐵路華工:歷史、文學與視覺再現 [Chinese Railroad Workers in North America: Recovery and Representation], edited by Hsinya Huang [黃心雅] (Taipei: Bookman [台北:書林出版社], 2017). The book, which features a preface by Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project co-directors Gordon H. Chang and Shelley Fisher Fishkin, was produced by scholars from Asia and North America who have been collaborating on Project for the last three years.

Professors Chang and Fishkin were featured speakers (along with Professor Selia Tan of Wuyi University, China) at a book launch at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on December 14, as well as at a book launch at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei on December 15.

The December 14 event, which was organized by Professor Hsinya Huang (National Sun Yat-sen University), was opened by Professor Ying-Yao Cheng, President of National Sun Yat-sen University. The event included a roundtable featuring many of the seventeen contributors to the volume. Other speakers included Matthew O’Connor (Kaohsiung Branch Chief, AIT), Professors Pin-chia Feng (National Chiao Tung University), Chen-ching Li (Shi Hsin University), Shuli Chang (National Cheng Kung University), and Yu-cheng Lee (Academia Sinica). The book launch in Taipei, at which Chang, Fishkin, and Tan were featured speakers, was coordinated by Professor Bo-Wei Chiang, chair of the Department of East Asian Studies of National Taiwan Normal University, and Professor En-Mei Wang of NTNU, and was moderated by Professor Iping Liang of NTNU, a contributor to the volume.

北美鐵路華工:歷史、文學與視覺再現 [Chinese Railroad Workers in North America: Recovery and Representation] was supported by a grant from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation. Dr. Pauline Yu, CCK Foundation board member (and President of the American Council of Learned Societies) attended the book launch in Taipei.

The book’s seventeen chapters—arranged in sections devoted to recovery, home, memory, labor, and representation—span disparate geographies, histories, and disciplines; texts and contexts; and archival research and field work in locals ranging from the sending villages in China to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Together they help address the lack of attention that Chinese railroad workers in North America have received. The contributors, who come from history, literature, archaeology, architecture, political science, American Studies and East Asian Studies, are:

This interdisciplinary volume will interest scholars in the humanities, diaspora studies, American history and culture, ethnic studies, minority labor studies, and transnational studies.




Additional images from these events:

Prof. Gordon H. Chang (Stanford), Prof. Hsinya Huang (National Sun Yat-sen University), and Prof. Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Stanford) at book launch in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Attendees at book launch of Chinese Railroad Workers in North America: Recovery and Representation at National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, December 14, 2017


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The book is available from online bookstores in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China:  (Taiwan) (Taiwan) (China) (Hong Kong)