U.S. Department of Labor Inducts the Chinese Railroad Workers into the Labor Hall of Honor
(May 9, 2014)
The official Hall of Honor plaque honoring the approximate 12,000 Chinese Railroad Workers who were instrumental in the completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, while fighting discrimination and advocating for fairer wages and safer working conditions.
Jon Jang, a jazz pianist of Chinese descent, performs a piece honoring the Chinese Railroad Workers for their heroic efforts completing the nation's first transcontinental railroad.
Secretary Perez (center), meets with descendants of the Chinese Railroad Workers and other program participants prior to the ceremony inducting the Chinese Railroad Workers into the department's Hall of Labor.
Deputy Secretary Chris Lu provides opening remarks during the formal ceremony.
Secretary Perez provides remarks during the ceremony.
Secretary Perez invited the descendants of the Chinese Railroad Workers onto the stage as he formally inducts the workers into the Labor Department's Hall of Honor.
Connie Young Yu, historian, author and descendent of the Chinese Railroad Workers, speaks on behalf of all the descendants present during the ceremony.
Portia Wu (left), assistant secretary of labor for employment and training, moderates a panel discussion featuring Ai-jen Poo (center), director of the National Domestic Worker Alliance, and Pat Shiu (right), director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
Rep. Grace Meng (NY-6) provides talks about the contributions of Asian Pacific American workers during a panel discussion at the ceremony.
Former Rep. and Secretary of Commerce and Transportation, Norman Mineta, talks about the history of Asian Americans in the U.S. and their contributions to American society.
Deputy Secretary Chris Lu (center), joined by Secretary Perez and descendants of the Chinese Railroad Workers, officially unveils the plaque recognizing the Chinese Railroad Workers into the Labor Hall of Honor.