Reclaiming the History of Chinese Railroad Workers

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This week, on the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, Ali remembers the sacrifice of thousands of immigrant laborers from China through the work of a California artist.

Jason Ma created the musical “Gold Mountain” based on the lives of those who struggled to complete the project, which shortened a perilous months-long journey to less than week, and transformed the American economy.

Jason talks about his life, work and family, and how the musical has revived the memory of the enormous sacrifice made by the Chinese workers.

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