May 10, 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, a momentous accomplishment which has excluded recognition of the contribution of Chinese railroad workers to the wealth of The Big Four and the building of the American Empire, which connected East Coast to West across the Pacific to the China Trade.
This labor story will be told by descendant Paulette Liang and Stanford professor Hilton Obenzinger with analysis by CCSF labor studies professor Bill Shields and global supply chain researcher Gifford Hartman. Music will be performed by folklorist Charlie Chin and Loni Ding’s 25-min. video The Canton Army in the High Sierras will be screened.
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