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History on her front porch: Palo Alto woman honors Chinese railroad laborers with exhibit

Original post made on May 20, 2023

Monica Yeung Arima became aware of gaps in her son's elementary school history curriculum when a reading selection talked about the transcontinental railroad -- but didn't include any mention the Chinese workers who built it.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 18, 2023, 12:21 PM

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 20, 2023 at 12:10 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

& Schools & Kids:
This is SO Cool! Like 'citizen science' 'citizen history'. I sure hope the public middle school California history curriculum has been updated and corrected.

Wonder if a project to 'document the local communities and blocks, where the Union Pacific Chinese workers settled' could be done by other local 'citizen historians' and high school/middle school students? Mountain View renamed an elementary - that had been named for an "anti-Asian" White school personality (Huff). He publicly participated in the late 1800's efforts that led to the Exclusion Act. So, our community "excluded Huff" from school names (an elementary student! found the first recent indicators of this 'naming problem'.)

good 'contextual' reporting

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