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Hidden Heritage

Historical Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese, 1st Edition

By Priscilla Wegars


456 pages

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Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, large numbers of people from mainland China emigrated to the United States and other countries seeking employment. Termed "overseas Chinese," they made lasting contributions to the development of early communities, an impact which has only begun to be recognized in recent years. "Chinatowns," rural mining claims, work camps for railroad and other construction activities, salmon canneries and shrimp camps, laundries, stores, cook shacks, cemeteries, and temples are only some of the sites where traces of their presence can be found. In recent years, numerous archaeological and historical investigations of the overseas Chinese have taken place, and "Hidden Heritage" presents the results of some of those studies.

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Part One: Rural Contexts

The Documentary Record of an Overseas Chinese Mining Camp Darby C. Stapp

Archaeological Evidence of Chinese Use along the Lower Salmon River, Idaho David A. Sisson

Idaho's Chinese Mountain Gardens Jeffrey M. Fee

The Study of Faunal Remains from an Overseas Chinese Mining Camp in Northern Idaho Julia G. Longenecker and Darby C. Stapp

Part Two: Urban Contexts

The Overseas Chinese in El Paso: Changing Goals, Changing Realities Edward Staski

Inventory Records of Ceramics and Opium from a Nineteenth Century Chinese Store in California Ruth Ann Sando and David L. Felton

Animal Bones from Historic Urban Chinese Sites: A Comparison of Sacramento, Woodland, Tucson, Ventura, and Lovelock Sherri M. Gust

Part Three: Work and Leisure

The Chinese Cannery Workers of Warrendale, Oregon, 1876-1930 John L. Fagan

Besides Polly Bemis: Historical and Artifactual Evidence for Chinese Women in the West, 1848-1930 Priscilla Wegars

Chinese Opium Smoking Techniques and Paraphernalia Jerry Wylie and Richard E. Fike

Part Four: Analytical Techniques

The Manganese/Cobalt Ratio in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Asian Porcelain Harvey Steele

Sourcing and Dating of Asian Porcelains by Elemental Analysis Alison Stenger

Part Five: Comparative and Theoretical Studies

Form and Adaptation: Nineteenth Century Chinese Miners' Dwellings in Southern New Zealand Neville A. Ritchie

Old Approaches and New Directions: Implications for Future Research Roberta S. Greenwood



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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health