The project pitted the Union Pacific (working westward from Nebraska) and the Central Pacific (working eastward from Sacramento) against each other for each mile of railroad track laid.
At its peak, 9,000 to 12,000 Chinese worked for the Central Pacific in some of the dirtiest and most dangerous jobs (different sources have different estimates on exact numbers).
But then you get to Finland where there seems to be is a preference for senior citizens with 'mature' and 'granny' the top two search terms respectively, while in Hungary the term 'woodman' rates highly.
In Syria, where you might imagine people have little time for porn considering recent events, the preferred search is 'Aunt' while in Iran the peculiar term 'hotel businessman (gay)' is riding high at no.6.
You might have seen the famous photograph were everybody posed in front of two train engines facing each other.Although a handful of Chinese workers were allowed to participate in the final ceremony and a small group were personally congratulated by Stanford Leland and his partners who financed the project, perhaps not too shocking, the Chinese workers were forbidden from appearing in the famous photograph of the ceremony, even though without their work and their lives, the project may never have been completed. history, a specific ethnic group was singled out and forbidden to enter the U. Because they were forbidden from owning land, intermarrying with Whites, owning homes, working in many occupations, getting an education, and living in certain parts of the city or entire cities, the Chinese basically had no other choice but to retreat into their own isolated communities as a matter of survival.Further, as Helen Zia points out in her excellent book The speeches congratulated European immigrant workers for their labor but never mentioned the Chinese. These first Chinatowns at least allowed them to make a living among themselves.While in California, Chinese miners experienced their first taste of discrimination in the form of the Foreign Miner Tax.This was supposed to be collected from every foreign miner but in reality, it was only collected from the Chinese, despite the multitude of miners from European countries there as well.