For the last four weeks, students enrolled in the laboratory methods class have developed their own research projects analyzing and interpreting artifacts recovered from the Market Street Chinatown collection. It’s now the end of the quarter and the final results of those projects are in! Here are the titles of their papers – you can read their findings by clicking on the links to open a PDF file of each report.
- Lynsie Ishimaru “Medicine & Meaning: A Look at Medicine Practices in the Market Street Chinatown”
- Gina Michaels“A Mark of Meaning: Archaeological Interpretations of Peck Marked Vessels from a 19th Century Chinatown”
- Stephanie Selover “Immigration, Acculturation, and Quality of Life: A Study of the Chinatowns of San Jose, California”
- Bryn Williams “Opium Pipe Tops at the Market Street Chinese Community in San Jose”
During spring break, we will be traveling to Sacramento to present the preliminary findings of this research project in a symposium at the Society for California Archaeology Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 29. We will be joined by Rebecca Allen and Scott Baxter from PastForward, Inc.; Alida Bray from History San Jose; and Anita Kwock and Lillian Gong-Guy from Chinese Historical and Cultural Project. We are looking forward to a lively discussion!
Our Spring Quarter begins on April 1, and throughout the spring term we are going to continue cataloging and analyzing the Market Street Chinatown collection. We’ll post further updates on this website – probably at the end of each month – and continue to welcome your comments and suggestions.
This website is very exciting! I am a researcher who has worked on Chinese communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, and Cambria. This archaeological analysis is so important to our further understanding of the Chinese experience in the U.S. How were the student presentations received at the SCAs? How are the research projects coming along? I hope that the papers will be posted on this website.
I look forward to future postings.