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Birth place: China
Status: Deceased
Date of death: 1869
Occupation: Central Pacific Railroad Worker
Marital status: Widowed
Relatives: Mei, AKA Fong - Daughter

Unnamed Wife - Deceased

Relationships: Unnamed Wife
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by: Tzi Ma
Season: 5
First episode: "Chinatown"
Last episode: "Hungry Ghosts"
Appearances: 6 episodes (see below)
Tao is a Chinese worker for the Central Pacific Railroad. He is the father of Mei, known as Fong while working on the Central Pacific Railroad.


Background InformationEdit

Tao and Fong escape the burning of their village and the forced marriage of Mei to the rebel leader by Mei dressing as a man and sailing to America, where they get work with the Central Pacific railroad.

Season 5Edit

Tao is an expert with explosives and teaches the other Chinese workers how to dynamite the tunnel. Here he and Fong meet Cullen Bohannon, as Toa is one of the few Chinese workers who can speak English as well and translate for Cullen.

Tao is put in charge of the payroll for the Chinese workers by Bohannon after the he discovers that Chang has been skimming the pay. Toa helps to end the worker strike orchestrated by Chang, who claimed to want higher wages for the workers, but really wanted a stake in the railroad, by helping Cullen to make a deal with Huntington to pay to ship the deceased Chinese workers back to China, as their custom dictates that they must rest in China or forever wander.

This enrages Chang. As Toa is also given responsibility of hiring new workers and managing the payroll by Cullen, Chang is further enraged. Chang later arranges to have Tao murdered by a white salesman during celebrations for the Heavenly Empress Festival.

Attributes and PersonalityEdit

Fong is one of the few people in Truckee that is not intimidated by Chang. He is also one of the few people that can speak Chinese and English fluently. He will protect his daughter at all costs.


Season 5 appearances
"Chinatown" "Mei Mei" "White Justice" "Struck" "Elixir of Life"
"Hungry Ghosts" "False Prophets" "Two Soldiers" "Return to the Garden" "61 Degrees"
"Gambit" "Any Sum Within Reason" "Railroad Men" "Done"


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