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By Douglas E. Ross

ISBN-10: 0813044588

ISBN-13: 9780813044583

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


“Building an leading edge technique that emphasizes diasporic, instead of ethnic, identification, this e-book 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 old and fabric information to interpret the advanced issues and social relatives of diasporic identification formation, transnationalism, and alienation. good idea out and a big contribution to social archaeology and problems with social justice.”—Stephen A. Brighton, college 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 day 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 USA, 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 origin practices endured whereas others replaced in line with new contextual components, reflecting the complexity of migrant stories. rather than treating ethnicity as a bounded, strong classification, Ross exhibits that ethnic id is formed and reworked 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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However, the demographics, labor organization, and data from these sites are not comparable in any significant way to Don and Lion Islands. In contrast, research by Lightfoot and colleagues on the multiethnic Russian colony of Fort Ross in California (1812–41) offers an intriguing framework for studying culture change and persistence that is relevant to the current study. Their approach involves comparing “the suite of daily practices from different contexts in pluralistic sites with those of the homelands from which people came.

For Sökefeld (2006: 267–68), The insistence on imaginations and discourses of shared identity distinguishes diaspora communities from other kinds of transnational social formations. Migrants may maintain transnational ties, for instance with relatives that continue to live at the place from which they came. But without an imagination of community that exceeds such relationships they do not form a diaspora. On the other hand, the definition of diasporas as transnational imagined communities does not presuppose a high frequency of actual transnational social relationships.

Such studies should incorporate structured and imposed labor but also labor that is accommodated and resisted. Researchers should strike a balance between structure and agency and focus on how workers negotiate opportunities and constraints, rather than emphasizing one over the other. A key concern is the kinds of identities workers express and the visibility of these identities in the material record. For example, do the material lives of workers reflect an emphasis on common class consciousness, or do ethnic or cultural heritage predominate?

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