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By Douglas E. Ross

ISBN-10: 0813044588

ISBN-13: 9780813044583

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


“Building an leading edge method that emphasizes diasporic, instead of ethnic, identification, this booklet offers a version for the archaeology of fabric tradition in pluralistic societies. an important reference for the archaeology of work and immigration.”—Barbara Voss, coeditor of The Archaeology of Colonialism


“A dynamic narrative mixing historic and fabric information to interpret the complicated issues and social kinfolk of diasporic identification formation, transnationalism, and alienation. good inspiration out and a massive 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 employees lived in an adjacent bunkhouse, and eastern fishermen lived with their households in a close-by camp. this present day the advanced is usually long past and the positioning overgrown with crops, yet artifacts from those immigrant groups stay, ready less than the surface.

In this groundbreaking comparative archaeological examine 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 continued whereas others replaced in accordance with new contextual components, reflecting the complexity of migrant reviews. rather than treating ethnicity as a bounded, strong class, Ross indicates that ethnic identification is formed and remodeled as cultural traditions from domestic and host societies come jointly within the context of neighborhood offerings, structural constraints, and shopper society.


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These attributes are interrelated, and the anticipated scale, duration, and demographic composition of each undertaking influenced the complexity of the associated settlement. Whereas most maledominated temporary camps maintained a simple infrastructure, those with greater longevity and more families often possessed a greater variety of amenities, social activities, and institutions. The marginal conditions in Theorizing the Asian Migrant Experience 21 male-dominated camps tended to attract disadvantaged and immigrant men, and the multiethnic environment often limited the degree of social integration among workers.

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. He concludes, as do other scholars, that only with access to Asian-language literature will scholars gain deeper insight into how workers perceived and struggled against exploitation.

32 An Archaeology of Asian Transnationalism Archaeological Approaches to Transnationalism and Diaspora The concept of diaspora, while receiving increasing attention in other disciplines, has had little influence on archaeology, despite recognition of its potential importance and the overall significance of population movements to archaeological interpretation (Bender 2001; Meskell 2002; Gilchrist 2005). One exception might be archaeology of the African diaspora, although as Lilley (2004: 295) notes, most scholars in this field do not “explicitly employ or explore diaspora theory so much as advance on the implicit understanding that the phenomenon in focus is unquestionably a diaspora.

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