MOCATalks: Debunking Myths About the Chinese Railroad Workers

Fri, Sep 28, 2018 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm


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Join Richard Cheu on a journey of discovery as he explains the origin of several xenophobic myths created to denigrate migrant Chinese workers in nineteenth century America which persist and underly the unending “perpetual foreigner” image of Asian Americans. Richard has developed a fact-based narrative which demonstrates the fallacy of the myths and replaces them with historically-correct evidence.


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. Richard 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.