From railroad workers to Flying Tigers: Chinese-Americans leave legacy of progress

The first major contribution by Chinese Americans in the United States was the building of the transcontinental railroads — the Central and Pacific Railroads linking east and west, resulting in economic development, commerce, passenger travel and tourism. But full recognition of the role of the pioneering Chinese railroad workers has been a slow process. The May 2014 induction of Chinese Railroad Workers in the Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor was a significant but long overdue step toward recognition of their accomplishments, which entailed hard labor and skilled work, with corresponding high risk of life. Continue reading