Featured Conference Events

Opening Session

The Chinese Who Built America’s Transcontinental Railroad | Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.
Gordon H. Chang, professor of history at Stanford University and the Olive H. Palmer Professor of Humanities, will share his research and stories about the Chinese workers who built the western portion of America’s first transcontinental railroad completed in 1869. Professor Chang, author of Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic History of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, will shine a light on this monumental achievement and neglected history through extensive findings from biographical and genealogical work by descendants of railroad workers.

Special Film Session

FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH | Friday, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Far East Deep South is an award-winning documentary produced by Larissa Lam and Baldwin Chiu. The film follows Chiu’s search for answers about his paternal ancestors that takes him on an emotional journey with his father through Mississippi. They not only discover surprising family revelations but uncover the racially complex history of Chinese families during the Jim Crow era and the interconnected relationship between the Black and Chinese communities. Ultimately, they learn how deep their roots run in America. The Chiu family’s story has been featured on NBC News and PBS, in USA Today, and more.

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