Blood and Sweat Over the Railway Tracks


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Ten thousand men recruited from China built the transcontinental railway linking British Columbia to the rest of Canada in the 1880s, Combining images, text, and poetry, Lily Chow tells their remarkable story - who came and why, the incredibly dangerous conditions of work, and survivors subsequent lives. Every British Columbian wants to read this book. 

-Jean Barman, professor emerita of UBC, and author of The west beyond the west: A History of British Columbia. 

An exciting and groundbreaking series, Gold Mountain Stories boldly reimagines North America's engagement with the Pacific world by bringing to light the long ignored and untold stories of Chinese migrant experiences through their interactions and relationship with other Asian migrants, indigenous peoples, and European Migrants. 


  • Author: Lily Chow
  • Pages: 116 pages
Lily Chow

Lily Chow

Lily Chow, a researcher and writer, immigrated to Canada in 1967. She possesses a master’s degree of Education and has taught high school in Prince George and Mandarin at the University of Northern British Columbia for three years. In her twenty-five years of writing, she has won the Jeanne Clarke Memorial Local History Award (1996), received grants from the Canadian Heritage Branch, Federal Government (1993 & 1998), and certificates of merit from the BC Historical Federation in 2014 and 2019. Her volunteer services have been awarded with two Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee Medals (2002 & 2012). Currently, she resides in Victoria, BC.

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