Internationally acclaimed Northwest artist Zhi LIN has refocused attention on the overlooked yet vital history of the Chinese laborers of the 19th century. Thousands of men migrated from China to seek fortunes in the gold mines of California but, instead, mainly found work building the transcontinental railroads. Celebrated as a technical marvel in its day, the first transcontinental railroad was constructed from 1863 to 1869, due largely to the contributions of Chinese workers who cut through the mountains and deserts of the American West. The absence of Chinese laborers from American history books is an animating force in Lin’s work.
Join us to celebrate Zhi LIN: In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads. Hear from artist Zhi LIN, learn more about the works on view from staff and community members, groove to lively music, and enjoy appetizers and a no-host bar.
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Zhi LIN, “Chinaman’s Chance” on Promontory Summit: Golden Spike Celebration, 12:30 pm, 10th May 1869, 2013. HD video projection and painted granite ballast with a surround sound environment. Courtesy of the artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle.