“From the Middle Kingdom to the Wild West”
Stanford Concert Fundraising Wine Reception

Friday, September 20, 2019 5:30pm to 8:30pm    

You are cordially invited to a private fundraising Wine Reception to raise funds for the Stanford concert to be held at Bing Concert Hall on October 6 to commemorate the Chinese railroad workers of the American West, on the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad across the United States.

Special Guest Speakers 

  • Professor Gordon Chang of Stanford University on the history of Chinese Railroad Workers in America

  • Professor and conductor Jindong Cai of Bard College on the making of the symphonic oratorio “The Men of Iron and the Golden Spike” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long.


  • 5;30 registration and wine reception social

  • 6:30 Conductor and Professor Jindong Cai

  • 6:45 Professor Gordon Chang

  • 7:00 Solo violin performance



187 Atherton Ave, Atherton, CA 94027
Residence of event host Hope Chen

Parking is available on Atherton Avenue. Car sharing is encouraged.


Hope Chen, Jindong Cai, Richard  Barker, Stephanie Chang , Ming Yeh , Amy Liu, Sally Shi.

Wine Sponsor: Monica Xu, Vinfino. Li Song Silicon Valley Bank


Individual Concert Sponsor: $500
Individual Concert Contributor: $100
100% of the proceeds raised will go to funding the Stanford Concert on October 6th.


Smart casual and Asian attire preferred.

RSVP by Friday, September 13.

How to pay:
Checks should be made payable to “Bard College” with “US-China Music Stanford” in the memo field and can be dropped off at the reception or sent in advance to:

US-China Music Institute
Bard College Conservatory of Music
POB 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

Other ways to pay:

Please be sure to mention “US-China Music Stanford” on your donation. Thank you!

about the speakers

Professor Gordon H. Chang is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and the senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford. He served as a founding director of the Asian American Studies program and as a director of the Center for East Asian Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences.. His research and teaching focus on historical connections between race and ethnicity in America with a particular focus on trans-Pacific relations, especially the interconnections between East Asia and America. This spring, he published two books on the history of Chinese railroad workers in North America: The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental (Stanford University Press) and Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). 

Conductor Jindong Caiis the director of the US-China Music Institute and professor of music and arts at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He is associate conductor of The Orchestra Now. Prior to joining Bard he was a professor of performance at Stanford University. Over the 30 years of his career in the United States, Cai has established himself as an active and dynamic conductor, scholar of Western classical music in China, and leading advocate of music from China and across Asia

About the Concert

“From the Middle Kingdom to the Wild West”

sunday, october 6, 2019
bing concert hall, stanford university

Thank you for your support!