Between the US and Mexico, a Forgotten ‘Desert of the Chinese’

The Untold Story of China’s Departed

There is a much broader story about the laborers who perished en route to Mexicali — and the Chinese migrants who continue to arrive to the U.S.-Mexico border each year. It’s one that goes back to the earliest history of Asian immigration to the region, as tens of thousands from China embarked at the turn of the 20th century in search of opportunity along the borderlands.