Labor Archives and Research Center Annual Program

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The Transcontinental, Chinese Workers, and the Making of Modern America in the Gilded Age

Stanford historian Gordon Chang will discuss the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad. Drawing on material from his recent book, "Ghosts of Gold Mountain," Chang will explore the forgotten stories of the "Railroad Chinese" who were exploited during construction of the Transcontinental and then scapegoated in the economic depression that followed its completion. Chang’s work is a moving effort to honor their indispensable contribution to the building of modern America.

Organizing Update by Pam Tau Lee

Musical performance by Francis Wong

When: February 28th | Refreshments by Knight's Catering at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm

Where: ILWU Local 34 hall, 4 Berry Street, San Francisco (on the Embarcadero next to Giant's Stadium, 2nd & King Streets)

Free and Open to Public | Wheelchair accessible

Image: Chinese Workers Near Lang, LA Public Library

Spotlight News Thursday, February 13, 2020