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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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Asian Migrants as Transnational Consumers

Asian Migrants as Transnational Consumers

(p.177) 7 Asian Migrants as Transnational Consumers
An Archaeology of Asian Transnationalism

Douglas E. Ross

University Press of Florida

This chapter compares the Chinese and Japanese sites on Don and Lion Islands in terms of everyday consumer habits, sources and access to local and imported consumer goods, and in terms of the impact of racism, economics, and consumer desire. It brings together archaeological, archival, and contextual information to create a picture of how diasporan movements and transnational connections between home and host countries shaped everyday lives, identities, and consumer habits of Asian migrants. This discussion is followed by broader conclusions about the value of transnational and diasporic approaches to the archaeology of displaced populations and the role of material consumption in the process of collective ethnic identification among diasporic communities. Finally, it offers suggestions for future research and argues that by adopting transnational and diasporic approaches, archaeologists can make significant contributions to broader theoretical debates in the social sciences.

Keywords:   material consumption, transnationalism, ethnicity, Don and Lion Islands, Chinese diaspora, Japanese diaspora

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