New “Monument to their Memory” Commemorates Chinese Railroad Workers

Photo credits: Max Chang On June 25, 2022, the Golden Spike Foundation unveiled “Monument to their Memory” at Golden Spike National Historical Park in Promontory, Utah.  “Monument to their Memory” by Ilan Auverbach, a New York-based, Israeli-born artist, commemorates those who toiled to build the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. Artist StatementHonoring the »


Upcoming and Recent Public Talks Upcoming events featuring the Chinese Railroad Workers of North America Project. Capital Public Radio Live Event, Auburn, CA., with Gordon H. Chang. Gordon H. Chang will be interviewed by Beth Ruyak, host of Insight on Capital Public Radio. The event is sponsored by the “Auburn One Book »

Gordon H. Chang is Winner of 2020 A/PAA Award for Literature

2020 American Library Association – Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winners Selected PHILADELPHIA, January 27, 2020 – The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected the winners of the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature (APAAL). The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and »

Judge Michael Kwan — Remembered

A Thousand Words for Michael By Max Chang As a board member of the Spike 150 Foundation, I had the honor and privilege to work side by side with Judge Michael Kwan and the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association of which he was the Founder and President. We and our »

New Memorial to Chinese Who Built the Oregon Short Line

Thanks to a community effort, including those with ties to Boise State, a new stone monument now stands beside the tracks on an open stretch of yellow grass dotted with boulders and sagebrush. The words on the stone, written in English and Chinese, remember a fallen man, as well as his »

Chinese After the Golden Spike: Sources on Chinese building the San Joaquin Spur

Continuing historical searching by Robert Barzin at the Modesto Art Museum has yielded a narrative with primary sources on the Chinese railroad workers who continued to build railroads after May 1869. After the transcontinental line, and after also completing the Western Pacific Railroad from Sacramento to the Oakland Pier in November »

Exhibit of Li Ju Photographs Earns Awards

The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford congratulates Mr. Li Ju, whose exhibition of photographs — paired with historical images — has been celebrated with two California Preservation Foundation awards: The 2019 Preservation Design Award in the Interpretive Exhibits category and a Trustees Award for Excellence. The »

Gordon H. Chang Celebrated by the Committee of 100

Gordon H. Chang is celebrated by the Committee of 100 for his contribution to the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The full text from Frank Wu, member of the Committee of 100: Dear Friends: I was honored to attend this important event, the »