Chinese workers on the Central Pacific section of American’s first transcontinental line in the late 1860s. Photo: Alamy

The Chinese workers who built an American railway and their history detailed in new book

  • Author Gordon Chang gives a comprehensive account of the 20,000 Chinese who worked on the Central Pacific transcontinental line in the late 1860s
  • Most workers were from Taishan in Guangdong. Very few spoke English, and some died carrying out the gruelling work
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Chinese workers on the Central Pacific section of American’s first transcontinental line in the late 1860s. Photo: Alamy
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