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Chinese Migrants & the Transcontinentals

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Submitted on May 1, 2017 - 5:00pm

Chinese men poured into the U.S. by the thousands in the 1860s, drawn by the promise of the Gold Rush. When that dream evaporated, they found jobs building the Central Pacific railway line — dangerous work that cost many lives. Their stories are little known and rarely told, but UW art professor Zhi Lin has spent nearly a decade researching the men’s lives and remembering them through his artwork, on view at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) beginning this summer.

“I don’t think our society studies history…

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