Friday, June 5, 2020

Television: The Rock Springs Massacre

The Quest
Welcome to America, Jade Snow
aired November 24, 1976

The location is Rock Springs, Wyoming, scene of an 1885 massacre. The episode has Chinese railroad and mining laborers; a Chinatown; Chinese doctor, merchant, prostitute and infant; a past interracial romance; a mining strike; a scheming mining owner; a riot against the Chinese; and flashes of kung fu. The slurs used are pigtailed scabs, John Chinaman, and Chinaman.

Irene Yah-Ling Sun, Frank Michael Liu, Richard Loo and George Chiang are in the cast.

Further Reading and Viewing
About The Quest
About the writer Anthony Lawrence

(Next post on Friday: The Young Companion)

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