We have collaborated with the following organizations and institutions to host conferences and public events, curate exhibits, share research leads and materials, and generate publications:

  • Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA)
  • College of Arts and Humanities, National Sun Yat-sen University 國立中山大學
  • Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University 國立交通大學
  • Department of History, Sun Yat-sen University 中山大学
  • Guangdong Overseas Chinese History Program
  • Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica 中央研究院歐美研究所副研究員
  • Jinan University, Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies 暨南大学华人华侨研究院副院长
  • National Science Council, Taiwan
  • Society for Historical Archaeology (sha.org)
  • Wuyi University

We also work closely with the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), an interdisciplinary research lab at Stanford University that engages in collaborative work in the digital humanities and allied fields. CESTA combines faculty, staff, and students in a research lab setting and takes advantage of what digital tools and methods have to offer for the exploration, analysis, and presentation of humanistic research, broadly construed to include the application of knowledge and concepts from the social and natural sciences.

CESTA provides working space, technology, staff, and logistical resources to support the Chinese Railroad Workers project, and has been active in evaluating technical approaches for asset management, metadata development, and research practice. Through the Spatial History Project, CESTA is also investigating the potential of mapping and visualization methods for supporting the development and presentation of the CRW archive. Building on existing historical GIS data for the western portion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the projects are collaborating to create maps tracing the incremental progress of the rail across the landscape.

By situating the stories, artifacts, documents and photographs depicting Chinese railroad workers in specific places at specific times, we hope to stimulate a better understanding of the worker experience, identify significant gaps in the historical record, and enable researchers to explore and comprehend the developing archive.