Brian Leung on Chinese Americans in the Wild West

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When we look back on the wild west of American history, we frequently celebrate cowboys and Indians, wild buffalo and wide open country. But what we often leave out are the thousands of Chinese-Americans who worked on the Union Pacific railroad, lived in the many coal-mining towns, and struggled against the prejudices of their white neighbors and employers.

Brian Leung’s new book “Take Me Home,” revisits this more diverse and real wild west — specifically Wyoming in the 1880s. He talks with us about “Take Me Home,” and about the real events that are depicted in his story.