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Chinese in the Woods: Logging and Lumbering in the American West

Sue Fawn Chung


Though recognized for their work in the mining and railroad industries, the Chinese also played a critical role in the nineteenth-century lumber trade. This book continues an examination of the impact of Chinese immigrants on the American West by bringing to life the tensions, towns, and lumber camps of the Sierra Nevada during a boom period of economic expansion. Chinese workers, like whites, labored as wood cutters and flume-herders, lumber jacks and loggers. Exploding the myth of the Chinese as a docile and cheap labor army, the book shows Chinese laborers earned wages similar to those of n ... More

Keywords: mining, loggers, lumber jacks, Chinese immigrants, wood cutters, lumber trade, Sierra Nevada, Chinese laborers, lumber camps, American West

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039447
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sue Fawn Chung, author
University of Nevada, Las Vegas