An image from an exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York which charts the lives of some of the 50,000 Chinese who built the transcontinental railway from the west coast of the United States in the 1860s. Photo: Stanford University

Paid a third what whites earned, housed in tents – the Chinese railroad workers who opened up America, then were airbrushed out of history

  • Museum of Chinese in America charts the lives of some of the 50,000 Chinese who built part of the first transcontinental railroad in the 1860s
  • Employed as engineers, masons, blacksmiths, explosives experts, and tunnelers, not just as labourers, they were excluded from famous photos of line’s completion
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An image from an exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York which charts the lives of some of the 50,000 Chinese who built the transcontinental railway from the west coast of the United States in the 1860s. Photo: Stanford University
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