Crossing Bonus Materials

Below you’ll find a list of reference / research books, documentaries, podcasts, and audio files, as well as YouTube Playlists, website, and article links.

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Reference Books


Chin, Lily (1972) Your Favorite Recipes Calico Press

Chung, Su (1965) Court Dishes of China: The Cuisine of the Ch’ing Dynasty Charles E. Tuttle Company

Kan, Johnny L (1980) Eight Immortal Flavors California Living Books

History: California

Barker, Malcolm E. (1994) San Francisco Memoirs: 1835 – 1851 Eyewitness accounts of the birth of a city Londonborn Publications

Barker, Malcolm E. (1996) San Francisco Memoirs: 1852 – 1899 The ripening years Londonborn Publications

Benemann, William A. (1999) Year of Mud & Gold: San Francisco in Letters and Diaries 1849 – 1850 University of Nebraska Press

Huff, Roger (2014) Tales & Towns Along the Truckee Truckee Donner Historical Society

Lord, Paul A. (1981) Fire & Ice: A Portrait of Truckee Truckee Donner Historical Society

Mann, Ralph (1982) After the Gold Rush: Society in Grass Valley and Nevada City, California 1849 – 1870 Stanford University Press

Noy, Gary (2014) Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues Heyday Books

Speer, William (1870) The Oldest and the Newest Empire: China and the United States S.S. Scranton and Company

History: Chinese

Barth, Gunther (1964) Bitter Strength: A History of the Chinese in the United States 1850 – 1870 Harvard University Press

Chan, Gene O, Low, Russel N, Yee, Andrea (2014) Voices from the Railroad: Stories by Descendants of Chinese Railroad Workers Chinese Historical Society of America

Lee, Sue and Yu, Connie Young (2020) Voices from the Railroad: Stories by Descendants of Chinese Railroad Workers | 2nd edition | Chinese Historical Society of America

Chang, Gordon H. (2019) Ghosts of Gold Mountain. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Chang, Iris (2003) The Chinese in America: A Narrative Story Penguin Books

Chen, Yong (2000) Chinese San Francisco 1850-1943: A Trans-Pacific Community Stanford University Press

Confucius, translated by Dawson, Raymond (1993) The Analects Oxford University Press

Dolin, Eric Jay (2012) When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail Liveright Publishing Corporation

Farkas, Lani Ah Tye (1998) Burry My Bones In America: the Saga of a Chinese Family in California 1852 – 1996 From San Francisco to the Sierra Gold Mines Carl Mautz Publishing

Harrison, Henrietta (2005) The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man’s Life in a North China Village 1857 – 1942 Stanford University Press

Hom, Marlon K. (1987) Songs of Gold Mountain: Cantonese Rhymes from San Francisco Chinatown University of California Press

Lee, Johathan H.X. (2014) Auburn’s Joss House: The Auburn Chinese Ling Ying Association House Auburn Joss House Museum and Chinese History Center

Liu, Haiming (1953) The Transnational History of a Chinese Family: Immigrant Letters, Family Business, and Reverse Migration Rutgers University Press

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum (1988) Chinese American Portraits University of Washington Press

Miyazaki, Ichisada translated by Schirokauer (1976) China’s Examination Hell: The Civil Service Examinations of Imperial China John Weatherhill, Inc

Ni, Maoshing, PH.D. (1995) The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine: A new Translation of the Neijing Suwen with Commentary Shambhala Publishers, Inc.

Qin, Yucheng (2009) The Diplomacy of Nationalism: The Six Companies and China’s Policy Toward Exclusion University of Hawai’i Press

Sinn, Elizabeth (2013) Pacific Crossing: California Good, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong Hong Kong University Press

Tjoa, Hock G (2016) The Battle of Chibi (Red Cliffs): Selected and Translated from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Sleeping Dragon Books

Wells, Robert S. (2014) Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Chinese Emigrant Disaster Adducent

Zhang Mike and Zhou Limin (2015) Chinese Railroad Workers Historical Photo Album 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee

Xueqin,Cao, translated by  Hawkes, David (1973) The Story of the Stone Penguin Books

History: Donner Summit

Oudegeest, Bill (2015) Walking Through Donner Summit History iStreet Press

Signor, John R. (1985) Donner Pass: Southern Pacific’s Sierra Crossing Golden West Books

Stewart, George R. (1964) Donner Pass: and those who crossed it Lane Books

Towle, Russell (1994) The Dutch Flat Chronicles 1849 – 1906 Giant Gap Press

History: Lumber

Anderson, Cynthia (2019) From the Woods: True Tales of the Timber Industry Comstock Bonanza Press

Wilson, Dick (1992) Sawdust Trails in the Truckee Basin: A History of Lumbering Operations Nevada County Historical Society

History: Railroad

Ambrose, Stephen E. (2001) Nothing Like It in the World Touchstone

Chew, William F. (2004) Nameless Builders of the Transcontinental Railroad: The Chinese Workers of the Central Pacific Railroad Trafford Publishing

Deverell, William (1994) Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad 1850 – 1910 University of California Press

Duncan, Jack E. (2005) A Study of Cape Horn Construction RSPress

Galloway, John Debo C.E. (1989) The First Transcontinental Railroad: Central Pacific Union Pacific Dorset Press

Kornweibel, Theodore Jr. (2010) Railroads in the African American Experience: A Photographic Journey The Johns Hopkins University Press

Kraus, George (1969) High Road to Promontory: Building the Central Pacific across the High Sierra American West Publishing Company

Maniery, Mary L., Allen, Rebecca, and Heffner, Sarah Christing (2016) Finding Hidden Voices of the Chinese Railroad Workers: An Archaeological and Historical Journey Chinese Historical Society of America

Mayer, Lynne Rhodes, and Vose, Kenneth E (1975) Makin’ Tracks: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad in the Pictures and Words of the Men Who Were There Praeger Publishers

Sandler, Martin W. (2015) Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race t Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad Candlewick Press


Frankel, Victor E. (2006) Man’s Search for Meaning Beacon Press


Estes, Kelli (2015) The Girl Who Wrote in Silk Sourcebooks Landmark

Ryan, Shawna Yang (2007) Water Ghosts (previous title: Locke 1928) Penguin Books

Documentaries & Audio

‘Bone Scraping’ Was the Last Way Home – KQED (2017) Audio

George, Bill (2011) The Hidden Wonder of the Word: The Transcontinental Railroad From Sacramento to Donner Summit Nimbus Films

Mid Pacific podcast explores what it means to be Asian American and the feeling of being caught between two worlds – Capradio (2023) Podcast

Tahoe National Forest and Gigantic Film Co. (2020) Legacy

YouTube Playlists (Author created)

Avalanche / Snow Survival
Chinese Culture
Chinese American History
CPRR History
Lumber Industry

Websites – Articles & Organizations

1887 San Francisco Tourist Guide –

California Chinese Mortuary Records 1870-1933 –

California Historical Society

California State Railroad Museum

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum

Chinatown’s Grant Avenue: A look back at one of San Francisco’s oldest streets | Curbed San Francisco

Chinese Migrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad (May, 2019 – Spring 2020) – Smithsonian Exhibit

Chinese in Northwest America Research Committee – Reburial: Exhuming the Dead and Returning them to China (2018)

Chinese Restaurant Beginnings | Flavor & Fortune

Chinese Restaurants in the 19th Century | Found SF

Chinese Historical Society of America (CHA)

Donner Summit Historical Society | Heirloom Newsletters

Goodreads Reference Book List | Chinese American History

How the Transcontinental railroad forever changed the US – BBC (2022)

Library of Congress, Lawrence Houseworth Photography Collection

The Local Food History of San Francisco Chinatown (pdf) | CHSA

Placer Serra Railroad Heritage Society

Preserving the Transcontinental Railroad Tunnels – Smithsonian Magazine (2022)

Redwood Lumber history – Timber Heritage Association

Stanford University | Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project

The Transcontinental Railroad  – Smithsonian Interactive Map

12 Lost American Slangisms From the 1800s  – NPR

University of California, Riverside | California Digital Newspaper Collection

Washoe Cultural Handbook (PDF)

Wood Density Chart