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Imagined Asia: Archaeology, Museums, and Questioning Asia in the 19th Century United States

Lecture | March 14 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Christopher Lowman, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

Archaeological Research Facility

During the late nineteenth century, perceptions of Asia were changing rapidly among the predominantly Euro-American United States public. Immigration, trade, and rising American imperialism shaped how Asia was imagined, affecting policy and society on both sides of the Pacific, for immigrants and for Asian peoples alike. Using a combination of historical archaeology, oral history, and museum research, this project examines two groups as case studies, Chinese immigrants to the United States and Indigenous Ainu in northern Japan, to understand the way they responded to United States belief about Asia as it shaped their daily lives.