Reception & Book Talk: Ghosts of Gold Mountain


May 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St.
Suite 290, Oakland
California 94607
Free event. $5 voluntary door donation. All are welcome!

Book talk and signing with Gordon H. Chang for Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Built the Transcontinental Railroad.

GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on sale May 7, 2019) by award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang is a groundbreaking account that draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers’ stories and celebrate their role in remaking America. An invaluable correction of a great historical injustice, GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN returns these “silent spikes” to their rightful place in our national saga.

GORDON H. CHANG is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and Professor of History at Stanford University, where he also serves as director of the Center for East Asian Studies and codirector of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project. Chang is the author of Fateful Ties and editor of four other books. He lives in Stanford, California.

Pre-Talk Reception Lecture by Chef David Soohoo
1 – 2 PM
The Diet of The Chinese Railroad Builders
Learn about the culinary findings of the early Chinese pioneers who built the Transcontinental railroad and the birth of present day Chinese American culture. Chef David SooHoo was born in San Francisco to Cantonese immigrants who owned Chinese-American restaurants in Sacramento. With more than 50 years behind the wok, SooHoo was the first chef from Sacramento invited to the Beard House, and most recent personal chef to Barron Hilton at his Venice Island Duck Club located in the reclaimed swampland of the San Joaquin Delta by the Chinese after the gold rush.

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This event is sponsored by Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eastwind Books of Berkeley.


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