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SOU anthropology project wins national award

Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology researchers work on the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project at the Ah Yee Mining Company archaeological site in the Malheur National Forest. [SOU photo]

The Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology has received a national award of excellence from the American Association for State and Local History for its Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project.

The recognition is part of the AASLH Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation of state and local history, according to a news release from SOU.

The Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project is a multi-agency collaboration to promote research and education on Oregon’s early Chinese residents. The project partners include the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management, the Malheur National Forest, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon State Parks, the Oregon Historical Society and the Portland Chinatown Museum.

Researchers use local history and public archaeology to challenge dated stereotypes and highlight the transnational lives of the Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans who helped establish the early infrastructure and economic industries of Oregon.

The project will host a number of public outreach events across the state this summer, including a public archaeology day at the Gin Lin Mining Trail in the Applegate Valley Saturday, June 25, and a public archaeology day at the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site near John Day Saturday, July 16.