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Hidden in Plain Sight: Remapping Spatial Networks and Social Complexity of the Chinese Immigrant Mining Diaspora in Southern Oregon

Author(s): Chelsea E. Rose

Year: 2016

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Like other aspects of Western historiography, the story of the Chinese diaspora in the gold fields has been circumscribed by exotic tales of vice, violence, and alienation.  The legacy of frontier rhetoric has continued to impact scholarship through assumptions of scarcity, isolation, and discrimination.  While discriminatory laws and racial tensions certainly impacted the lives of the nineteenth century Chinese living in southern Oregon, they did not wholly define them.  This paper will describe an attempt to map the spatial and social distribution of Chinese immigrants across southern Oregon in an attempt to better contextualize the Jacksonville Chinese Quarter within the larger mining landscape for which it was created and served.  In this attempt to individuate the southern Oregon experience of Chinese immigrants, we hope to also gain insight into the permeability of the assumed ethnic enclaves, and the ways the population resisted and persisted in the area for decades. 


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Hidden in Plain Sight: Remapping Spatial Networks and Social Complexity of the Chinese Immigrant Mining Diaspora in Southern Oregon. Chelsea E. Rose. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434336)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 319

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