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What Have We Done, What Are We Doing, and Where Are We Going with Overseas Chinese Archaeology?

Author(s): Douglas Ross

Year: 2015

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According to this session’s organizers there is no dominant Overseas Chinese narrative, but rather one characterized by diversity. They perceive this diversity as a strength and seek to highlight the range of both Chinese experiences and recent archaeological approaches to their lives. Papers address topics ranging from lifeways of urban merchants to healthcare practices of rural railroad workers, consumer habits of Chinatown residents, and the role of burned sites in creating highly politicized landscapes. This is only a fraction of the kinds of studies that have been conducted on Overseas Chinese sites, and here I place this sample of recent work into a broader context via a critical commentary on the past, present, and future of Overseas Chinese archaeology. Drawing on my own experiences, I also seek to address how such diversity might be harnessed to develop broader disciplinary themes and facilitate the development of a stronger research community.

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What Have We Done, What Are We Doing, and Where Are We Going with Overseas Chinese Archaeology?. Douglas Ross. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433888)


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min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

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