Monday, September 12, 2005

Asian Americans railing against Chinaman's Arch

"Asian Americans railing against Chinaman's Arch," by Kristen Moulton, © The Salt Lake Tribune. (News Article)

"Karen Kwan doesn't know the full name of her great-great-great-great grandfather, an immigrant from Canton, China, who helped build America's transcontinental railroad. ... 'Would I want my great-grandfather called 'Chinaman?' ' asks Kwan, who teaches psychology at Salt Lake Community College. 'It elicits these images of the bucktoothed ancient. . . . They're really negative images of the foreigner, the inscrutable.'    The Utah Organization of Chinese Americans has submitted an application to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names seeking to change the arch's name to Chinese Arch. ... " [More].

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Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

"Arch renamed in tribute to workers"
© The Salt Lake Tribune, 12/14/2006:

"The Golden Spike National Historic Site soon will be changing the name of a limestone arch to one more respectful of the thousands of Chinese laborers who helped build the transcontinental railroad. Instead of Chinaman Arch, the 20-foot span will be called Chinese Arch. According to Melissa Cobern, chief ranger at Golden Spike, the U.S. Geographic Place Names Committee voted to approve the name change. ... "

2/14/2006 11:14 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See related discussion.

10/29/2010 11:57 AM  

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