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Chinese Diaspora Archaeology in North America$
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Chelsea Rose and J. Ryan Kennedy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066356

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066356.001.0001

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“Let My Body Be Buried Here”

“Let My Body Be Buried Here”

A Long View of Chinese Immigrants in the American West

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Chinese Diaspora Archaeology in North America

Adrian Praetzellis

Mary Praetzellis

University Press of Florida

This chapter suggests that archaeologists consider age and diversity of the immigrant experience in their interpretations. Many Chinese immigrants abroad changed their attitudes toward the host country, picking up cultural competencies as they faced and experienced different circumstances overtime. Yee Ah Tye was born in China around 1820, immigrated to California in the early 1850s, married there, and was the father of California-born children. Before he died, Yee asked to be buried in America “in land where I have lived.” While Yee left a substantial mark, many other Chinese Californians remain anonymous. Archaeological biography can help reclaim them from invisibility.

Keywords:   Chinese Californians, Chinese immigrants, immigrant experience, Yee Ah Tye, archaeological biography

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