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Commercial Connections in the Chinese Diaspora

Author(s): John P. Molenda

Year: 2016

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What do Chinese work camps in the American West tell us about emergent capitalist networks in the mid-nineteenth century? This talk will draw upon current archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork as well as historical studies to contextualize the historical archaeology of Chinese railroad laborers. The extant archaeological remains found on work camps - hearths, ceramic sherds, game pieces, etc - only tell part of the story. A focus on remittances, and the transnational flow of cash, goods, bones and people, helps us understand the nature of the networks and strategies employed by nineteenth-century Chinese.

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Commercial Connections in the Chinese Diaspora. John P. Molenda. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434340)


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

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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