Press

January 2016
“The Laborers Nobody Knows” (Stanford Alumni Magazine)
“It was 1970 when history professor Gordon H. Chang, then a new graduate student fresh out of Princeton, walked into Green Library to pore through Leland Stanford’s papers for the first time. Forty-five years later, he is still looking for what he went there that day to find: accounts that would describe the lives of Chinese workers instrumental in the building of the transcontinental railroad.”

August 2015
“American Railroad Project Peers Into Chinese Past” (ABC)
“It is an American success story — the linking of the east and west by railroad in the 1860s. However many of the people who built it weren’t Americans but Chinese, and now there’s an effort underway to better tell their story.”

July 2015
“Stanford Project Unearths Personal Histories of Chinese Railroad Workers” (KQED)
“The Transcontinental Railroad has been dubbed a feat of 19th century engineering and has been credited with opening California up to trade. Despite the importance of the project, little is known about the individual lives of the 12,000 Chinese immigrants who laid the track between Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada. Now, 150 years after Chinese workers began working on the railroad, we look back on the contributions of those workers and learn about the Stanford project that’s piecing together their personal stories.”

June 2015
“How the West was built: Project seeks stories of Chinese workers” (LA Times)
“In May 1969, Connie Young Yu’s mother and father traveled to Utah from the Bay Area for ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the transcontinental railway. Like thousands of Chinese Americans, their migrant-laborer forefathers had worked on the massive project that culminated in California rail baron Leland Stanford driving the celebrated golden spike at Promontory Point.”

June 2015
“斯坦福举办纪念华工参与修建美国铁路150周年活动” (金山在线 US China Express)
“【侨报记者张苗6月6日南湾报道】6月6日,斯坦福大学举办纪念铁路华工150周年活动。中国驻旧金山总领事罗林泉、斯坦福大学人文学院院长赛拉尔(Richard Saller)、斯坦福大学北美铁路华工研究课题(Chinese Railroad Workers Project)主任张少书(Gordon H. Chang)、中美学者、铁路华工后裔代表及斯坦福大学师生等200余人出席活动”

June 2015
“斯坦福大学举行仪式纪念华工建铁路150周年” (凤凰视频 Phoenix Video)

June 2015
“美斯坦福大学纪念华工赴美建铁路150周年” (中国新闻网 China News)
“中新网6月8日电 据美国《世界日报》报道,美国铁路华工150周年,斯坦福大学北美铁路华工研究工程及美国华人历史协会学者,6日和来自全国的数十名华工后代一起回顾这段重要的历史。”

June 2015
“美斯坦福大学纪念华工赴美建铁路150周年” (新华网 Xinhua News Agency)
“中新网6月8日电 据美国《世界日报》报道,美国铁路华工150周年,斯坦福大学北美铁路华工研究工程及美国华人历史协会学者,6日和来自全国的数十名华工后代一起回顾这段重要的历史。”

June 2015
“美斯坦福大学纪念华工赴美建铁路150周年” (人民网 People’s Daily)
“中新网6月8日电 据美国《世界日报》报道,美国铁路华工150周年,斯坦福大学北美铁路华工研究工程及美国华人历史协会学者,6日和来自全国的数十名华工后代一起回顾这段重要的历史。”

June 2015
“Historians build links to an important historic past” (China Daily)
“Chinese railroad workers played a vital role in the 1860s construction and completion of the first transcontinental railway in the US. Their herculean efforts in helping to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West should always be remembered, and their heart-wrenching stories should be told and retold and passed on to future generations so that they are never forgotten.”

June 2015
“Consul General Luo Linquan Attends Stanford University Event to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Introduction of Chinese Workers into the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad” (Chinese Consulate in San Francisco)
“On June 6th, 2015,Consul General Luo Linquan attended Stanford University event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the introduction of Chinese workers into the first transcontinental railroad across the United States. Deputy Consul General Zha Liyou, Dean of Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences Richard Saller, Director for Institute for Asian Studies Gordon H. Chang, leaders of Chinese History Society of America, Chinese and American scholars, descendents of Chinese railroad workers, Stanford faculty and students as well as more than 200 guests attended the event.”

June 2015
“Stanford scholars give voice to the Chinese workers who helped build Transcontinental Railroad” (Stanford News)
“Built in the mid-1800s, the Transcontinental Railroad was among the most ambitious enterprises of American engineering – as well as an important source of Leland Stanford’s wealth. Well over 10,000 Chinese laborers performed the grueling and dangerous work of tunneling through the granite of the Sierra Nevada. They were paid less than fellow Caucasian workers, and had fewer legal rights.”

May 2015
“It’s 150 years since Chinese migrants were brought in to build the Transcontinental Railroad” (SF Gate)
“The greatest engineering feat of the 19th century began in 1863, when the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific railroads broke ground. Two years later, contractors began hiring large numbers of Chinese migrants, many from California, to help with the monumental construction project.”

July 2014
“華工鑄就血淚路 金釘偉遺跡致敬歷史” (World Journal 世界新聞)
“因為我大學畢業後在台灣的第一個和在美國退休前的最後一個工作都跟火車有關,所以很高興能在退休多年後,有機會為史丹福大學的美國鐵路華工歷史研究方案做義工。”

July 2014
“Stanford project sheds lights on lives of Chinese railway workers” (China Daily)
“Chinese Railroad Workers in North America, an online digital archive that commemorates the work of thousands of Chinese immigrants in building the Transcontinental Railroad and seeks ‘to give a voice’ to them, was unveiled at Stanford University earlier this week.”

May 2014
“斯坦福大学还原华工形象唤醒共同历史记忆” (Nanfang Daily 南方日报)
“1919年5月10日,8位铺设最后一根铁轨的华工中的3名幸存者,被邀请出席美国跨州铁路合龙50周年纪念庆典。”

May 2014
“Story of Raymond Chong 張偉明的尋根故事” (ITV 55.5 Life)
The story of Raymond Chong, descendant of a Chinese railroad worker who has spent the last 10 years looking for his roots in Kaiping City, Guangdong Province was featured on May 28, 2014 on ITV 55.5 Life, a Mandarin program broadcast from Houston, Texas. The Chinese Railroad Workers Project has recorded an oral history with Chong for the Digital Archive.

May 2014
“华工形象还原:唤醒共同历史记忆以推进中美关系” (China News 中国新闻)
“‘我们想纠正一个历史错误,中央太平洋铁路不是斯坦福一个人修的,而主要是华人修的。”斯坦福大学北美铁路华工研究工程负责人张少书教授对南方日报记者说,不能让这些修建美国太平洋铁路的华工继续成为历史的“隐形人。’”

May 2014
“A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” (Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center)
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center launched the project “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” to gather photos from all parts of the U.S. on May 10th, the anniversary of the Golden Spike. The Stanford Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project participated by shooting photos at the Cantor Arts Museum at Stanford where the Golden Spike is on display. Several of us marveled at the artifact, and Gordon H. Chang explained the image of Chinese servants in the large portrait of the Stanford family.

May 2014
Golden Spike Ceremony Anniversary
May 10, 2014 was the 145th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory, Utah. The ceremony celebrated the meeting of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads to complete the transcontinental railroad in 1869. There was a wide range of events and articles sparked by this anniversary, many of them highlighting the work of the Stanford Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project.

聯合報 美鐵路血汗華工 145年後登名人堂
世界日報 橫跨美國鐵路竣工照重拍 華人入鏡
聯合報 華工埋骨他鄉 只找到300多人名字
聯合報 貢獻遭抹殺 華工後人爭公道
中央社 正視歷史 19世紀華工列美勞工名人堂

May 2014
“Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial” (Rick Quan)
A Memorial Project has been launched to build a monument to the Chinese railroad workers in the Sierra Nevada. Steven Lee is heading the Memorial Project, and Bay Area journalist Rick Quan has produced a video to introduce the project and to raise funds. The Stanford Railroad Workers in North America Project is assisting in the campaign, and Project participants Denise Khor and Hilton Obenzinger are interviewed in the short video.

May 2014
“上萬華工 只找到300多人名字” (World Journal 世界新聞)

May 2014
“苦蒐資料尋後代 譚上新終促成表彰” (World Journal 世界新聞)

May 2014
“华工形象还原:唤醒共同历史记忆以推进中美关系” (GuHanTai 古汉台)
“ ‘我们想纠正一个历史错误,中央太平洋铁路不是斯坦福一个人修的,而主要是华人修的。”斯坦福大学北美铁路华工研究工程负责人张少书教授对南方日报记者说,不能让这些修建美国太平洋铁路的华工继续成为历史的“隐形人’。”

May 2014
“中国摄影师自费重走美国铁路 寻访筑路华工生活” (China News 中国新闻网)
“手拿照相机,肩扛三脚架,身上背着鼓鼓的行囊,里面装着各种各样的摄影器材……无论出现在哪里,这都是摄影师李炬的经典造型。从2012年开始,他两次自费重走美国太平洋铁路,精心收集当年筑路华工的点滴记忆;同时,一路寻找140多年前中央太平洋铁路公司官方摄影师阿尔弗雷德·哈特(Alfred A·Hart)当年所摄铁路老照片的机位,进行新旧图片对比。”

May 2014
“Project remembers Chinese railroad workers in US through descendants” (Turkish Weekly)
“Next year marks the 150th anniversary of when large numbers of Chinese started working on the transcontinental railroad in the United States. Very little is known about these workers lives and what happened to them after the construction ended. Stanford University is working on a project to piece together the lives of the Chinese railroad workers by reaching out to their descendants.”

May 2014
“Project Remembers Chinese Railroad Workers in US Through Descendants 斯坦福大学研究美国铁路华工历史” (Voice of America 美国之音)
“Next year marks the 150th anniversary of when large numbers of Chinese started working on the transcontinental railroad in the United States. Very little is known about these workers lives and what happened to them after the construction ended. Stanford University is working on a project to piece together the lives of the Chinese railroad workers by reaching out to their descendants.”
“将近150年前,大批华人开始在横贯美国大陆的铁路上工作,使得美国成为一个现代国家工作。不过,人们对这些华工的境况和命运知之甚少。美国斯坦福大学正在开发一个项目,通过联络华工后裔,从他们那里了解、拼凑起美国铁路华工的生活。”  看全文

May 2014
“通車145周年 貢獻終獲肯定 美鐵路華工列入名人堂” (Singpao 成報網)
“一詞在19世紀常用於形容被騙到西方做苦力的華人,由於外國的勞動力不足,不時要輸入外勞協助擔當刻苦及辛勞的工作,當中大部分都是華人。華工為美國建造了首條橫貫東西岸的跨州大鐵路,整條鐵路充滿華工的血與汗,適逢今年是鐵路通車145周年,美國勞工部於當地時間前天舉行儀式,將「中國鐵路工人」列入勞工名人堂(Labor Hall of Honor),這是首批獲此殊榮的華裔人士,也為歷史留下紀錄,而美國總統奧巴馬日前慶祝亞太裔傳統月亦發聲明肯定中國勞工的貢獻。本報國際組報道。”

May 2014
“横贯美国铁路落成145年后竣工照被重拍 华人入境” (HuanQiu 环球网)
“时隔145年之后,当年修建横跨美国铁路工人的后裔10日重新演绎当年接轨的纪念照场面,不同的是,华工后裔这次可以骄傲的与其他族裔一齐拍照。”

May 2014
“DOL Inducting Chinese Rail Workers into Hall of Fame” (Occupational Health & Safety)
“U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is scheduled to participate in a public ceremony May 9 inducting into the DOL Hall of Fame the Chinese railroad workers whose work was crucial to the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Deputy Secretary Christopher Lu, and descendants of the railroad workers also will take part in the one-hour ceremony at the Department of Labor headquarters, 200 Constitution Ave. NW in Washington, D.C., starting at 11:30 a.m.”

May 2014
“Remembering Chinese Laborers 145 Years Later” (KUER)
“It’s been 145 years since the ceremonial ‘driving of the Golden Spike’ connected the Union and Central Pacific railroads at Promontory Summit in Utah. In this year’s commemoration, the role of Chinese laborers in building the transcontinental railroad will be recognized and celebrated.”

May 2014
“Stanford University recognized for contributions to U.S.-China relations” (Stanford News)
The Committee of 100, an organization of prominent Chinese Americans dedicated to making cultural connections between the United States and Asia held its annual conference in San Francisco on April 25, 2014. The group honored Stanford University with its Common Ground Award for the Advancement in U.S.-China Relations, noting Stanford’s Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project as well as the university’s scientific and academic exchanges over the years. Stanford President John Hennessy received the award, and the Project’s co-directors Professors Gordon H. Chang and Shelley Fisher Fishkin were introduced to the audience. A short video describing the project was also viewed.

May 2014
“New Efforts To Honor Chinese Railroad Workers – 145 Years Later” (Forbes)
“On May 10, 1869 a telegraph operator in Promontory Summit, Utah sent the word ‘DONE’ to Washington D.C. The first transcontinental railway was complete. The occasion was marked by the Golden Spike Ceremony and captured with a photograph now known as ‘the champagne photo.’ ”

May 2014
“US honors Chinese who built Transcontinental Railroad” (China Daily)
“Chinese railroad workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad across the United States in the late 19th century were inducted into the Labor Hall of Honor in Washington and lauded for contributing to ‘America’s strength and vitality.’ ”

May 2014
“America’s Lost Generation of Asian Immigrants” (Pacific Standard)
“Growing up in a mostly white Midwest town, I rarely saw other Asian Americans that weren’t my blood relatives—not in real life, on TV, in books, or at school. In a world before America’s Best Dance Crew and Ken Jeong, any Asian spotting was cause for great excitement.”

May 2014
“A ‘photographic act of justice’ for Chinese laborers at Golden Spike” (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A Utah-based coalition, the Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Project, brought about 200 Chinese Americans, Chinese citizens and other Asian American friends, including several descendants of railroad workers, to Promontory Summit, Utah, on the 145th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. There they recreated the iconic photograph of the meeting of the two locomotives in what New York City photographer Corky Lee explained was “an act of photographic justice” by representing those who were invisible in the original photo.

May 2014
“Chinese railroad workers inducted into Hall of Honour” (KTSF26)
“The estimated 12,000 Chinese immigrant labourers who worked on the building of the first transcontinental railway in the United States were finally recognised for their work on Friday as they were inducted into the US Labour Department’s Hall of Honour.”

May 2014
“Chinese Railway Workers Inducted in US Labor Department’s Hall of Honor” (Voice of America)
“This year marks the 145th anniversary of the completion of the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad. The 3,200 kilometers of rail, constructed between 1863 and 1869, finally linked the eastern United States to the western part of the country.”

May 2014
“Chinese Transcontinental Railroad workers honored by U.S. Department of Labor” (MSNBC)
Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu discusses the induction of Chinese railroad workers into the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor.

May 2014
“Descendants Of Chinese Laborers Reclaim Railroad’s History” (NPR)
“East finally met West 145 years ago on America’s first transcontinental railroad.”

May 2014
“‘The Chinese Helped Build America” (Forbes)
Gordon H. Chang and Shelley Fisher Fishkin published an essay in Forbes Asia recounting the history of the Chinese railroad workers, their accomplishments and the many ways they were excluded or ignored. They concluded the essay by placing the importance of understanding this history within the current context: “Today, as anxiety and concern often cloud the developing economic and social relationship between the United States and China, it would be useful for us to recall this dramatic episode in history when Chinese helped to build America.”

April 2014
“The Search for the Chinese Workers Who Helped Build America” (Caixin)
“The construction of the Transcontinental Railroad that linked the east and west coasts of the United States is a triumphant tale of tenacity and technological achievement that is studied by every American schoolchild.”

December 2013
Various Chinese newspapers reported on the Chinese Railroad Workers Project:
中美合作将再现被遗忘的美国铁路华工历史, chinanews.com, 2013年12月23日
中美合作将再现被遗忘的美国铁路华工历史, news.timedg.com, 2013年12月23日
中美合作将再现被遗忘的美国铁路华工历史, chinairn.com, 2013年12月23日
中美携手 将再现被遗忘铁路华工血泪史, usa.fjsen.com, 2013年12月23日
中美合作将再现被遗忘的美国铁路华工历史, bbs.railcn.net, 2013年12月23日
中美协作将再现被忘记的美国铁路华工前史, news.huxi.cc, 2013年12月24日

December 2012
Photographer Li Ju documents the Central Pacific Railroad
In 2012, Beijing-based photographer Li Ju travelled the route of the Central Pacific railroad, documenting through photographs, what the places captured by nineteenth-century photographer Alfred Hart look like today. He reported on his trip in blogs written in Chinese that he posted in 2012 and discussed his trip with Project members at Stanford shortly after its completion.
沿着华工修建的横跨美国铁路行进(1)
沿着华工修建的横跨美国铁路行进(2)
沿着华工修建的横跨美国铁路行进(完)

September 2012
斯坦福大学与《广东华侨史》编委会签订合作协议
协议主要内容为《广东华侨史》项目研究团队将与美国斯坦福大学北美铁路华工研究项目成员携手合作,发掘搜集有关为修筑首条横贯美国大陆铁路做出重大贡献的华工历史资料,旨在重现他们的声音。

September 2012
美國學者將為鐵路華工史建檔重現歷史
計劃是要為當年華工的歷史建立一個最權威的檔案,為達到這項目標,兩位學者呼籲美國華裔人士協助搜尋有關文獻和證物。

September 2012
美学者将为铁路华工史建档
计划是要为当年华工的历史建立一个最权威的档案,为达到这项目标,两位学者呼吁美国华裔人士协助搜寻有关文献和证物。

September 2012
Stanford scholars search for documents from the Chinese workers who built the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad
“Between 1865 and 1869, thousands of Chinese migrants toiled at a grueling pace and in perilous working conditions to help construct America’s First Transcontinental Railroad.”