Blood and Sweat Over the Railway Tracks

Blood and Sweat Over the Railway Tracks

Chinese Labourers Constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway (1880-1885) = Xue Han Sa Tie Lu : Hua Gong Jian Zhu Taiping Yang Tie Lu Shi (1880-1885)

Book - 2014
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Publisher: Vancouver, BC :, Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia/Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies, University of British Columbia,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780993659300
971.1004 CHO
Characteristics: xvii, 116 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Xue han sa tie lu


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Apr 26, 2015

Thank you Lily Chow. Thank you for reminding us how brave, determined and enduring were the thousands of Chinese workers who built part of Canada's National Railway System over a hundred years ago. You went where more famous and iconic writers such as Mr. Pierre Berton and Mr. Conrad Black would not. Mr. Berton in his bookThe National Dream described the photo of The Last Spike as Canada' s most significant historical picture. Look at that picture (pg. 83). as you correctly point out there are no sign of any of the thousands of Chinese workers who actually constructed the railway line in B.C. Incredulously it was not until 1982, almost 100 years after the line was completed that you find any memorial in B.C. Recognizing the dangerous and deadly work undertaken by the under paid, under housed and under fed Chinese worker. Even that memorial was just a placard glued to a pile of rocks near Yale, B.C. There was no Gold Mountain only mountains from Hell. 5/5

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