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By Douglas E. Ross

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


“Building an cutting edge method that emphasizes diasporic, instead of ethnic, identification, this ebook offers 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 information to interpret the advanced themes and social family members of diasporic id formation, transnationalism, and alienation. good concept out and an immense contribution to social archaeology and problems with social justice.”—Stephen A. Brighton, college of Maryland

In the early 20th century, an commercial salmon cannery thrived alongside the Fraser River in British Columbia. chinese language manufacturing facility employees lived in an adjacent bunkhouse, and eastern fishermen lived with their households in a close-by camp. at the present time the complicated is generally long gone and the positioning overgrown with plants, yet artifacts from those immigrant groups stay, ready under the surface.

In this groundbreaking comparative archaeological examine of Asian immigrants in North the US, Douglas Ross excavates the Ewen Cannery to discover how its immigrant staff shaped new cultural identities within the face of dramatic displacement. Ross demonstrates how a few native land practices endured whereas others replaced according to new contextual elements, reflecting the complexity of migrant reviews. rather than treating ethnicity as a bounded, reliable class, Ross exhibits that ethnic identification is formed and reworked as cultural traditions from domestic and host societies come jointly within the context of neighborhood offerings, structural constraints, and purchaser society.


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Although no detailed data are presented, Fagan agrees with LaLande and Ritchie that Chinese at Warrendale maintained their traditional culture, and their acculturation was superficial and limited to alcoholic beverages and items like clothing that were necessary for adapting to the job. 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).

28 An Archaeology of Asian Transnationalism 2 Diaspora and Transnationalism Diaspora and transnationalism are much-debated concepts in the social sciences and humanities, and there is a large volume of literature addressing their intellectual pedigree and how they should be properly defined and conceptualized. Rather than tracing this history in depth, my objective here is to summarize the main issues, discuss how these concepts relate to one another, and suggest how they can best be harnessed to aid in tackling issues of archaeological and broader anthropological relevance.

Friday notes, however, that within this lower tier Chinese workers created a sphere of influence and colluded with Chinese labor contractors to exclude other groups, including Japanese, from these jobs, contributing to ethnic antagonism. Such efforts on the part of ethnic groups to monopolize certain sectors of the economy and thereby elevate their relative status are known as ethnic hegemony. Borrowing from Latin American labor historian Charles Bergquist, Friday 24 An Archaeology of Asian Transnationalism argues that an Asian American labor history should incorporate control, gender, globalism, and postmodernism into its agenda.

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