Working on the railroad was dangerous because of the bad conditions and having to dig tunnels and the harsh weather. The Chinese immigrants were paid $25 a month at first but then it was raised to $31 and then it was raised again to $35 a month but they wanted $40 a month so they went on strike in 1867.
People did not like that Chinese immigrants were coming into the country so they made the Chinese exclusion act of 1882. This act restricted immigration to the country. The Chinese workers on the railroad were put into groups of about 20 under a white foreman. Each group had a cook who purchased dried food from the Chinese districts of Sacramento and San Francisco to prepare on site