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Beyond the WallsNew Perspectives on the Archaeology of Historical Households$
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Kevin R. Fogle, James A. Nyman, and Mary C. Beaudry

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061559

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061559.001.0001

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Households of the Overseas Chinese in Aurora, Nevada

Households of the Overseas Chinese in Aurora, Nevada

(p.144) 7 Households of the Overseas Chinese in Aurora, Nevada
Beyond the Walls

Emily Dale

University Press of Florida

Chinese immigrants in Aurora, Nevada, were an integral part of the boomtown community. They thrived from the time of town’s founding in 1861 until its final mining bust in the 1920s despite the racially charged overtones of the late nineteenth century. Combining analysis of historical records and documentation with information gathered during recent archaeological surveys and excavations, examination of the Chinese community at the household level permits a nuanced understanding of the lives, occupations, consumption habits, and residential patterns of Aurora’s Chinese population. By tracing what is known about the town’s earliest Chinese occupants through study of their households and household activities, Dale’s research contributes to transnational studies and expands the knowledge base on Chinese immigrants to U.S. mining towns, facilitating comparisons between Chinese and other immigrant populations across the Western United States.

Keywords:   Chinese immigrants, boomtown community, consumption habits, residential patterns, nineteenth century, Nevada, Western United States, household activities, transnational studies

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