MOCATalks with Richard Cheu - How the Chinese Built the Transcontinental Railroad and Changed America

Thu, May 9, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm



Tickets are $15 and include wine and Museum admission. Members receive complimentary tickets. Not a Member? Join today!


In celebration of the Transcontinental Railroad that joined the nation 150 years ago, Richard Cheu joins us to talk about the Central Pacific’s challenges to building the railroad and how the Chinese helped overcome these challenges. Richard will present insights on the Chinese railroad workers – their lives, work and what they accomplished. In addition, he will discuss how Wong Kim Ark changed America for immigrants.


Richard Cheu is a non-traditional PhD. student in World History at St. John’s University in New York City majoring in Public History. He has been an independent scholar since the 1980s conducting research on Chinese Americans during America’s Chinese Exclusion Era. The sixty-five oral histories he conducted are archived in the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His “previous careers” include: neurophysiological research, marketing, international economics and reorganization of corporate entities and NGOs. He is a graduate of Stanford University (A.B. Biology), the University of Oregon (M.A. Biology), the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern (M.B.A. Marketing and International Economics), and recipient of a U.S. Public Health Fellowship in Physiology, University of Oregon Medical School. He is an ordained Catholic deacon.