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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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Archaeological Evidence from Don Island

Archaeological Evidence from Don Island

(p.134) 5 Archaeological Evidence from Don Island
An Archaeology of Asian Transnationalism

Douglas E. Ross

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents archaeological data from the Japanese fishing community on Don Island associated with the Ewen Cannery. It highlights categories of artifacts most relevant to issues of transnational consumption and diasporic identification. This original data is accompanied by summaries of relevant data from previous historical archaeological studies of the Japanese diaspora to lend support to the larger arguments and to highlight the variability and complexity of the Asian migrant experience. Accumulated data indicate retention of homeland practices in some areas, adoption of local goods and habits in others, and, in several instances, unique combinations of both.

Keywords:   historical archaeology, Japanese diaspora, Ewen Cannery, Don Island

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