Who We Are

New York photographer and activist Corky Lee organized a reenactment of the iconic 1869 photograph depicting the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, but with descendants of Chinese railroad workers, CRWDA board members, and other Chinese-Americans. (2019)

Founded in 2017, the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association (CRWDA) is a national, membership based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which seeks to preserve, promote and protect the contributions made by Chinese railroad workers to the United States.

Through our educational and philanthropic efforts, we support academic research, historic preservation and artistic projects that further the understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices, struggles, hardships and contributions made by generations of Chinese and Chinese Americans to the United States.  

After nearly 30 years serving the community unincorporated, a group of descendants of the Chinese railroad workers and committed friends and supporters realized that with the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad to occur in 2019, they needed to formalize their efforts and incorporated in 2017.

CRWDA was formed under the laws of the State of Utah and received recognition as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. IRS regulations.