Chinese and the Transcontinental Railroad


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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 9! We begin with a few words on the Ukraine situation and our memories of trains. The main story is on something that will seem familiar to many U.S. taught students… The Chinese and the first Transcontinental Railroad. Chinese laborers were key in the building of the transcontinental railroad, all while facing discrimination and danger. We close out the episode with a Winter Olympics wrap-up. To learn more about the Chinese and the railroad, visit Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project or the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at or for social media. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 00:25 Train Memories
  • 05:24 History of the Chinese and the First Transcontinental Railroad
  • 21:47 Olympics Wrap-up

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