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Uncovering Chinese Railroad Workers’ Experience in Utah through Archaeology

Event Overview

This event is designed for Chinese Bridge students who are currently enrolled in the CHIN 3117 course, which is offered by six public universities and conducted in 29 high schools across Utah. The event agenda includes a campus tour, a warm welcome from our sponsors, and an engaging interactive lecture centered around the history of Chinese Railroad Workers in Utah during the 1860s. Following the lecture, we have scheduled a stimulating panel discussion, featuring an archaeologist, descendants of Chinese railroad workers, and a Broadway musical composer.

Event Agenda:

  • 9:00am-9:45am - In-Person campus tours for 150 high school students 
  • 10:00am-10:30am - Welcome from the dean of College of Humanities (TBD) and brief introductions to the College of Humanities, the Chinese program in the Department of WLC, Asian studies, the Bridge Program in L2TReC, and scholarship opportunities at the U. 
  • 10:30am-11:15am - Interactive lecture on “Uncovering Chinese Railroad Workers’ Experience in Utah through Archaeology” by Dr. Chris Merritt, Utah State Historic Preservation Officer, Utah State Government
  • 11:15am-12:00am - Panel Discussion on the history of Chinese Railroad Workers in Utah and their contributions to the U.S.

Meeting Details

Virtual Meeting:

Zoom Webinar at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 29th, 2023

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 983 6843 9462

Passcode: Bridge

For in-person details, please contact your Chinese Bridge instructor or coordinator. 

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  1. Chris Merritt, Utah State Historic Preservation Officer
  2. Margaret Yee, descendant of Chinese railroad workers, Chairman and Co-Founder of Chinese Railroad Worker Descendants Association
  3. Pat Santee, Secretary of Chinese Railroad worker Descendants Association
  4. Siulin Santee, Curator of Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association 
  5. Jason Ma, Composer of the Broadway Musical “Gold Mountain”, will join the discussion via Zoom
  6. Marty Chen, Coordinator of the Utah Chinese Bridge Program, panel moderator
  7. Karen Kwan, Utah State Senator (TBD)
Last Updated: 10/26/23