The Chinese workers who toiled to build the first transcontinental railroad across the United States in the 19th century have become legends among overseas Chinese – but few people know about the range of tasks those workers performed.
It is generally thought that Chinese were employed almost exclusively as unskilled labourers, but that is not so. According to a new exhibition, they were employed by the railroad at all levels: as engineers, masons, blacksmiths, explosives experts, loggers, and…
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