Support the Project
The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project is brought to you through the generosity of Stanford President John Hennessy and Stanford Provost John Etchemendy, The UPS Fund at Stanford, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and from the generosity of individual donors like you.
Please consider giving the project a charitable gift using the donation button below.
Or, if donating by check, write it to Stanford University and make sure to include “CRRWP” on the memo line. Mail the check to:
Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project c/o American Studies Program, Stanford University Stanford, California 94305-2022, USA
If you are interested in joining Friends of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project, send a letter to the address above or an email to ChineseRailroadWorkersProject@stanford.edu. Here is the description of the Friends:
Friends of Stanford’s Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project
In 1865, Charles Crocker needed thousands of workers to begin work on the Central Pacific Railroad portion of the construction of the first transcontinental line in North America in order to meet the Congressional time mandate. He proceeded to recruit workers in South China who took part in the construction project that culminated in 1869 with Leland Stanford driving in the famous “golden spike” to complete the line. This Project’s goal is to bring greater international recognition to the Chinese workers who played an absolutely central role in building the infrastructure that linked the East Coast to the West Coast of the U.S., by researching their experience and their lives on both sides of the Pacific. The project is sponsored by Stanford University and co-directed by professors Gordon Chang (Olive H. Palmer Professor of Humanities, Professor of History, and Director of Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies) and Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities, Professor of English, and Director of American Studies). It coordinates research in the U.S. and Asia to illuminate the lives of the workers before, during and after the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad, and the stories of their descendants. Evelyn Hu-DeHart (Brown University professor and Stanford alumna) and Dongfang Shao (Member, Stanford University Libraries Advisory Council, former director of Stanford’s East Asia Library, and currently chief of the Asian Division, Library of Congress) are also project leaders.
The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project, Stanford University, will:
- develop and maintain a multi-lingual digital archive of all research material;
- produce academic conferences and public events in China and at Stanford in 2015, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of large numbers of Chinese to work on the railroad;
- publish volumes of research on the railroad workers in the U.S. and China, and
- promote historical, cultural and educational understanding of the lives and contributions of the railroad workers.
The Friends of the Project aids these efforts by appealing for financial contributions, contributing to research on the project, supporting lectures and other educational events, and advocating recognition of the Chinese workers who built the transcontinental railroad. The project has received seed funding from the President of Stanford and the UPS Fund at Stanford. We continue to need additional support to reach our goals.