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Consumption Patterns of a Pre-World War II-Era Japanese American Community on Terminal Island

Author(s): Erica Nicolay

Year: 2017

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Transmigration and diaspora are topics which archaeologists have recently begun contributing to in more detail (Lilley 2004, Ross 2010; Ross 2011). These concepts assert the fact that cultural interchange exists when immigrant or migrant communities settle in new lands, and rejects the idea of homogenization, accultraltion, or complete resistance and can be addressed in archaeology via consumption. Consumption patterns, though seemingly unimportatnt, have the ability to shed light on almost every aspect of life; social, economic, and cultural (Deetz 1996; Praetzellis and Praetzellis 2001; Schackel 1992). Studying immigrant and migrant communites via consumption has the ability to contibute much to the theory of transmigration and diaspora and the broader understanding of immigrant and migrant communities in the United States (Voss and Williams 2008). The proposed research consists of an archaeological study of the pre-World War II-era Japanese-American community at Terminal Island in Los Angeles and investigates the Japanese-American experience in order to understand the ways this community interacted with each other and their neighobors economically, socially, and culturally.

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Consumption Patterns of a Pre-World War II-Era Japanese American Community on Terminal Island. Erica Nicolay. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431924)


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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15142

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America