October, 2013: Conference organized by Stanford Professor Barbara Voss will bring together archeologists who have studied Chinese sites along the Central Pacific Railroad’s construction.
September, 2013: Workshop organized by Professor Pin-chia Feng (National Chiao Tung University and Academia Sinica) will gather scholars working on the Project from North America and Asia at Academia Sinica,Taiwan, to discuss their research.
May 10, 2013: The Project’s web site officially launched – on the 144th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony that joined the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.
May 10, 2013: “A Conversation on David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad and the History of Chinese Railroad Workers” was held at the Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Zhejiang (close to Shanghai). Playwright David Henry Hwang was joined by Professor Wen Jin (Fudan University) and Professor Shi Ke (Chinese Academy of Fine Arts). Professor Jin described the Project and invited descendants of Central Pacific railroad workers in China to contact her for the Project. The discussion focused on how the history of the Chinese railroad workers inspired Hwang’s play.
A delegation from Guangdong universities and the provincial government visited Stanford, and Yuan Ding, Sun Yat-sen University, signed an agreement of cooperation between the Project and the Guangdong Overseas Chinese History Program. Guangdong delegation included:
- Professor Zhang Guoxiong (张国雄): 五邑大学副校长（ Vice-Chancellor of Wu Yi University),
- Professor Zhang Yinglong(张应龙): 暨南大学华人华侨研究院副院长（Associate Dean of Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies in Jinan University),
- Professor Yuan Ding(袁丁): 中山大学历史系教授（Professor of Department of History in Sun Yat-sen University),
- Professor Zhu Weibin(朱卫斌) : 中山大学历史系教授（ Professor of Department of History in Sun Yat-sen University),
- Zhu Jiang (朱江): 广东省侨务办公室处长（ Director of a Department in Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Guangdong Province),
- Cui Dong (崔东): 广东省侨务办公室干部（Chief of a section in Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Guangdong Province.)
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Profs. Gordon Chang, Shelley Fisher Fishkin and Yuan Ding signing agreement
Delegation of academics and provincial officials with Gordon Chang, Shelley Fisher Fishkin and Hilton Obenzinger after cooperation agreement signing.
Prof. Barbara Voss and Guangdong delegation examining artifacts of Chinese workers at archaeology seminar
Dongfang Shao and Qiu Qi visited the Guangdong Overseas Research Center, Wuyi University, Jiangmen Museum and Jiangmen Wuyi Museum of Overseas Chinese, and Sun Yat-sen University Libraries, School of Asian and Pacific Studies of Sun Yat-sen University on research collaboration. Prof. Zhang Quoxiong, vice-president of WuYi University, signed an Intention of Collaboration with Stanford University.
Meeting with Zhang Guoxiong, vice president of Wuyi University
Vice President Zhang Guoxiong signed research collaboration agreement with Stanford
Director Cheng Huanwen of Sun Yet-sen University Library gave welcome remarks on campus
Group photo in front of the Overseas Chinese Research Center at Wuyi University with Deputy Director Liu Jin, Dongfang Shao, Prof. Zhang, Qi Qiu, and Selia Tan
Meeting with Ms. Wang Dongqing, director of Wuyi City Overseas Chinese Museum
One of original documents on Chinese labors
The Project receives a letter from Yang Dongquan, Director General, State Archives Administration of China, in support of the Project, forwarding communications to Guangdong Provincial Archives of China to “assist your project energetically.”
Participants in the Project from Asia and North America gathered at Stanford to share research on the railroad workers and to discuss prospects for future collaboration. The group included professors of American Studies, History, Literature, Anthropology/Archaeology, and translations studies, as well as community historians, artists, and independent scholars. They came from Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Lubbock, Newark, New York, Palo Alto, Providence, San Francisco, Stanford and Taipei.
Scholars from the U.S., Canada, and Asia who met at Stanford in September, 2012 to brainstorm about strategies for recovering the experiences of the Chinese workers whose work was essential to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
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