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Asian Americans have largely been considered invisible stakeholders of the land. It's little known that early Asian immigrants built California’s agricultural and food infrastructures, spreading a wealth of knowledge in irrigation, crop rotation, and fertilization. In parallel, over 10,000 Chinese migrant workers were the driving force behind the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad - yet they were excluded from the famous historical image celebrating the railroad’s completion.
The erasure of Asian Americans in United States history - specifically concerning contributions of the land - has traveled through time and place, reinforcing a state of otherness and perpetual foreigner syndrome that inhibits any imagination of leisure and belonging. Through a reinterpretation and reimagination of Asian Americans on the land - namely on the railroad - I portray figures playing, wrestling, photographing, and eating on and along an infrastructure of forgotten history, reclaiming and contesting the very stake they have in the natural world.