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"Let My Body Be Buried Here": Taking a Long View of Chinese Immigrants to the American West

Author(s): Adrian C. Praetzellis ; Mary K Praetzellis

Year: 2016

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Many Chinese immigrants spent much of their lives abroad, changing their attitudes toward the host country and picking up cultural competencies. Immigrants joining 1850s communities faced different circumstances than those arriving in the 1880s; and those who remained into the 1920s lived much differently than they would have earlier. Yee Ah Tye was born around 1820 in southern China. He came to California early in the Gold Rush, married, and was the father of many children. Before he died in his 70s, Yee asked to be buried in America, "in land where I have lived." His long and successful career in California has been archaeologically documented at more than one site. We suggest that archaeologists should consider age and the diversity of immigrant experience in their interpretations. 

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"Let My Body Be Buried Here": Taking a Long View of Chinese Immigrants to the American West. Adrian C. Praetzellis, Mary K Praetzellis. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434338)


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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): 353

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