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By Douglas E. Ross

ISBN-10: 0813044588

ISBN-13: 9780813044583

"Pushes the old archaeology of Asian diasporas in new and interesting methodological and theoretical directions.”—Stacey Lynn Camp, writer of The Archaeology of Citizenship


“Building an cutting edge technique that emphasizes diasporic, instead of ethnic, identification, this e-book presents a version for the archaeology of fabric tradition in pluralistic societies. a necessary reference for the archaeology of work and immigration.”—Barbara Voss, coeditor of The Archaeology of Colonialism


“A dynamic narrative mixing old and fabric info to interpret the advanced subject matters and social family members of diasporic identification formation, transnationalism, and alienation. good notion out and a major contribution to social archaeology and problems with social justice.”—Stephen A. Brighton, collage of Maryland

In the early 20th century, an business salmon cannery thrived alongside the Fraser River in British Columbia. chinese language manufacturing unit staff lived in an adjacent bunkhouse, and eastern fishermen lived with their households in a close-by camp. this day the complicated is generally long gone and the location overgrown with crops, yet artifacts from those immigrant groups stay, ready under the surface.

In this groundbreaking comparative archaeological learn of Asian immigrants in North the United States, Douglas Ross excavates the Ewen Cannery to discover how its immigrant employees shaped new cultural identities within the face of dramatic displacement. Ross demonstrates how a few place of birth practices endured whereas others replaced in keeping with new contextual components, reflecting the complexity of migrant stories. rather than treating ethnicity as a bounded, strong classification, Ross indicates that ethnic id is formed and remodeled as cultural traditions from domestic and host societies come jointly within the context of neighborhood offerings, structural constraints, and patron society.


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In British Columbia, where the current study is based, detailed comparative research on Chinese sites is sparse. The most substantial work comes from the late nineteenth-century to mid-twentieth-century gold mining town of Barkerville and the broader North Cariboo District of the province’s central interior (Irvine and Montgomery 1983; Koskitalo 1995; Chen 2001). Research includes test excavations at a former Chinese retail store and a Chinese society hostel in Barkerville and a regional settlement survey of Chinese gold mining sites in the North Cariboo.

These efforts have included defining a series of core attributes (generally) necessary for a population to be recognized as diasporic and, in some cases, using these attributes to create typologies of diasporas (for example, Safran 1991; Clifford 1994; R. Cohen 2008). Lilley, however, favors viewing diaspora as a social condition or process rather than a social type, an issue discussed in greater detail later. Following Clifford, Lilley endorses polythetic definitions of diaspora, which cast it as a general rather than narrowly specific phenomenon.

However, they left few ethnic imprints on the landscape, because many arrived with little capital and no intention of remaining permanently and, more importantly, because they practiced a form of “strategic invisibility” as a “conscious strategy intended to deflect mounting anti-Japanese sentiment” (Dubrow 2002: 327, 329). She concludes that in certain contexts racism may be a more appropriate interpretive concept than assimilation. Theorizing the Asian Migrant Experience 25 In a similar vein, Geiger (2006) claims Japanese reacted to white racism in the same way as their compatriots subject to discrimination back home: by attempting to reform their behavior to ameliorate racist allegations.

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