“You People”: Archaeological Approaches to the Immigration of Visible Minorities

  • Tommy Y. Ng, Bison Historical Services Ltd.

Immigration and migration of visible minority groups have been and continues to be, a prominent political issue. Archaeology is able to give a voice to these groups, whether they existed in the distant past or in more contemporaneous settings. What types of stories are there that archaeology can tell? How can these stories inform our thoughts about immigrant and migrant communities and the issues that affect the world today? What are the challenges and adversities immigrants and migrants face? At what point does a visible minority stop being viewed as an immigrant? This session seeks to start addressing these questions by telling some stories of visible minority immigrants and migrants as viewed through the archaeological lens.