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Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Gordon H. Chang (Project Director: December 2014 to May 2017)
Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Co Project Director: January 2015 to May 2017)
Chinese Railroad Workers in North America: A Conference

An international scholarly conference on Chinese Railroad Workers in North America, to take place in April 2016 at Stanford University. (12 months)

This grant is requested to hold the "Culminating Conference of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University." Between 1865 and 1869, 10,000-15,000 Chinese migrants toiled at a grueling pace and in perilous working conditions to help construct America's first transcontinental railroad. The labor of these Chinese workers was pivotal to the development of the United States and to the founding of Stanford University. The Project seeks to recover and interpret the work of the Chinese railroad workers to remedy major historical neglect and lacunae in Chinese as well as U.S. history. The conference will be trans-national and multidisciplinary. Thirty scholars from North America and Asia will present original scholarship, based on four years of research. In addition, conference participants will take a three-day field trip to the Sierra high country to visit sites where Chinese railroad workers labored to build the railroad.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Asian American Studies; U.S. History

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$65,000 (approved)
$61,688 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016