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An Archaeology of Asian Transnationalism$
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Douglas E. Ross

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044583

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044583.001.0001

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Theorizing the Asian Migrant Experience

Theorizing the Asian Migrant Experience

(p.8) 1 Theorizing the Asian Migrant Experience
An Archaeology of Asian Transnationalism

Douglas E. Ross

University Press of Florida

This chapter first outlines and critically examines previous scholarship in historical archaeology on the Chinese and Japanese diasporas and industrial labor. This outline is followed by discussion of overseas Asian migration to North America drawn from the fields of history and Asian American studies. In addition to providing background context, this chapter offers important interpretive insights and themes developed in later chapters into a model of transnational consumer habits and diasporic identification. Among the themes incorporated into this approach are the inter- and intra-ethnic diversity of Asian migrants, multi-scalar approaches to analysis, issues of structure and agency, the multiplicity of identity, and essentialist versus constructivist conceptions of ethnicity and culture.

Keywords:   historical archaeology, Chinese diaspora, Japanese diaspora, industrial labor, transnational migration, North America

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