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Virtual Film Screening: The Ties That Bind + Q&A
Thursday, May 13, 2021
7:00-9:00 PM (ET)
Tickets $10 here
With the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada (FCCRWC),
the Toronto Railway Museum is proud to present the next event in our 2021 lecture series!
Join us on May 13 for a screening of the FCCRWC’s film, The Ties That Bind with a post-show
Q&A with a representative from the Foundation and Toronto Railway Museum historians. The
Ties That Bind preserves a seldom told part of Canada’s history and we are pleased to present
the film as we celebrate both Asian Heritage Month and Museum Month in May.
About The Ties That Bind
The famous “Last Spike” photograph tells only one part of the story. The people looking at the
camera are white. Not one Chinese man is present. In this final moment, the story of the
Chinese railway worker – their labour, sacrifice, and struggles – is omitted from the historical
The Ties That Bind examines the struggle of the Chinese Canadian community to establish an
identity and roots in Canada. Through archival evidence and research about the men who came
from China to build the transcontinental railway in the 1880s, and the use of oral testimony of
their descendants, The Ties That Bind preserves a seldom told part of Canada’s history.
The Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada (FCCRWC) is a
registered charitable organization. The goals of the foundation include promoting the
understanding and awareness of the contribution to Canada by the Chinese Railroad Workers
who participated in the construction of the first transcontinental railway (the CPR) that united
Canada geographically and politically; promoting the awareness of the government’s legislation
of unjust Immigration Acts against the Chinese pioneers and their families; establishing
scholarships; and sponsoring other Canadian charitable organizations to promote Chinese
The Toronto Railway Museum (TRM) brings people together by telling stories of Toronto’s
railway heritage. The Museum is located in the heart of downtown Toronto and is typically open
year-round. TRM presents exhibits, tours, educational programs and publications that broaden
the understanding and appreciation of Toronto’s rich railway history. TRM is committed to telling
the stories of the railways, and welcoming conversations of its varied experiences through its
lecture series, exhibits and integrated programming with a mission to learn from the past to
make the future better.
All funds raised from ticket sales will go directly back into supporting TRM and FCCRWC
programming. Thank you!