Being perceived as second-class citizens and heavily discriminated against in the U.S., Chinese immigrants were forced to choose the least lucrative and the most difficult employment options to survive. As a result, most Chinese immigrants had to opt for jobs related to the building of the Transatlantic Railroad. Implying massively complicated, physically strenuous, and often unreasonably dangerous work, the specified jobs were the only option for Chinese immigrants.
However, remarkably, the target demographic eventually sought to demand equal pay and improved working conditions. The observed change in relationship dynamics signified that Chinese people were willing to fight for their freedoms despite the hostility of the American community. In turn, the Golden Spike National Historic Site provides extensive evidence regarding the unfairness and discrimination that Chinese immigrants had to endure.