Join us for The Judith and Marshall Meyer Lecture on China at The Community Library with Dr. Gordon H. Chang.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the joining of the Transcontinental Railroad with a golden spike at Promontory Summit in northern Utah. It was a feat that changed the nation, and it was accomplished in large part by thousands of Chinese migrants whose stories have been neglected. Dr. Gordon H. Chang will discuss the history of Chinese railroad workers in the U.S., how they contributed to the social and cultural landscapes of the American West, and, more broadly, how China has influenced, and continues to influence, America. Dr. Chang is Professor of American History and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University, where he recently was named senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education. He researches China in American thought, politics, and culture, from Jamestown to the present. His newest book, released just this spring, is The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad. His many other books include Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China and Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970.
This program will be Livestreamed.
Books will be available, and a book signing will follow.
Click here https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/10/books/review/gordon-h-chang-ghosts-of-gold-mountain.html?searchResultPosition=2 for a New York Times article about Dr. Chang’s research.