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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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Flexible Plant Food Practices among the Nineteenth-Century Chinese Migrants to Western North America

Flexible Plant Food Practices among the Nineteenth-Century Chinese Migrants to Western North America

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(p.306) 13 Flexible Plant Food Practices among the Nineteenth-Century Chinese Migrants to Western North America
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Chinese Diaspora Archaeology in North America
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Virginia S. Popper

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066356.003.0013

Plant remains from Market Street Chinatown, San Jose, California, and historical accounts show that Chinese migrants relied on a variety of strategies to obtain plant foods in western North America in the second half of the nineteenth century. They farmed Chinese and European American crops, purchased local and imported foods, and collected wild resources. They faced a diversity of local environmental, social, and economic conditions that required a flexible cuisine and making choices beyond the dichotomy of maintaining a traditional Chinese diet or adopting European American foods.

Keywords:   Chinese migrants, food practices, Chinese diaspora, San Jose, California

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