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Raymond Douglas Chong


Raymond Douglas Chong is Senior Roadway Manager at Portland with Oregon Department of Transportation. He graduated from University of Southern California in 1977 with bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and from San Jose State University with master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1988. He is licensed as Professional Engineer in Oregon, Texas, California and Saskatchewan.

Raymond is certified as Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, Professional Transportation Planner, Sustainable Transportation Professional, Road Safety Professional, and Certified Public Works Professional – Management. He also is certified in Intelligent Transportation Systems, Project Management, Strategic Leadership, and Sustainable Urban Mobility.  He also is designated as Specially Appointed Professor at Shandong Jiaotong University in China.

Raymond is Competent Toastmaster, Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Communicator Silver and Advanced Communicator Gold.

Born and raised in Los Angeles near Southern Pacific Railroad Taylor Yard and Union Station, Raymond immigrated from California to Texas in June 2006. He is 6th generation Chinese American, with family roots in America extending back to California Gold Rush (1849 to 1855) and Transcontinental Railroad (1865 to 1869).

During his leisure times, Raymond makes films, writes stories, pens poems, composes lyrics, and reports history (Asian American experiences). His recent works include: Village of Dragon Hill – A Mystical Journey in Passion (album), Amour Mystique Poetry: In Intimate Passion and In Sultry Fire (book), Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea (book), and My Odyssey – Between Two Worlds (film).  He is staff writer for AsAmNews.

Bein Yiu Chung, his great great grandfather worked on the First Transcontinental Railroad for Central Pacific Railroad Company, from 1865 to 1869. While at the Port of Oakland, Raymond planned railroad infrastructure in association at Southern Pacific Railroad Oakland Yard.

​Raymond wrote an article Transcontinental Railroads in Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. For AsAmNews, he wrote APA Heritage Month: Story of my Ancestors Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad, and Here’s how Chinese built the “other” transcontinental railroad. Raymond is currently writing an article for The Southern Pacific Experience about Second Transcontinental Railroad from Lathrop, California, to east of El Paso, New Mexico.

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