Chinese Ghost Story is a poetic essay in which history and landscape converge to explore the construction of the railroad where 1,300 Chinese laborers lost their lives. There are no stories without places, and places are largely silent to what occurs.
The retelling of Pu Songling's (1640-1715) “Kon-Sun-Ju-Liang” sets the counterpoint for this tale of the 1869 Transcontinental Railroad. Throughout the American West, we searched for those absent from the 19th century A.J. Russell photograph documenting the joining together of the eastern and western United States.https://www.colorado.edu/cas/2020/01/03/immigrant-workers-roads-and-nation-building-legacies-transcontinental-railroad-its-150th