Many Ways of Working: Oral History, Archives, and Archaeology of the Arboretum Chinese Quarters, Stanford

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Christopher Lowman, University of California, Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Farmers, gardeners, builders, cooks, janitors, launderers, restaurant-owners: the Chinese diaspora community in nineteenth century Palo Alto, California, was made up of men, and a few women, who took on many ways of working to support themselves, their families, and their communities. Their integral role in the development of the Bay Area’s infrastructure is sometimes obscured because of systematic exclusion, destruction, and erasure in the early twentieth century. However, using a combination of oral history, archival research, and archaeology, the ongoing Chinese Arboretum Quarters project is piecing together the way a Chinese community, outside of a Chinatown, lived, worked, and survived in an era of racialized immigration restriction.