AACC postcard

Asian American Comparative Collection

Laboratory of Anthropology
Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC)
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1111
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1111 USA
Priscilla Wegars, Ph.D., Volunteer Curator

Priscilla Wegars edited Hidden Heritage: Historical Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese (Baywood, 1993, reprinted 2003), and founded the Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC, 1982) in the Laboratory of Anthropology at the University of Idaho. Wegars has conducted extensive research into the history of the Chinese and Japanese in the Northwest, has directed several archaeological survey and excavation projects of Chinese sites in Oregon and Idaho, and has led numerous classes and tour groups to Chinese historic sites in the West. She wrote Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer (2003; Honorable Mention for Idaho Book of the Year); Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp (2010); and As Rugged as the Terrain: CCC “Boys,” Federal Convicts, and World War II Alien Internees Wrestle with a Mountain Wilderness (2013; Co-Winner for Idaho Book of the Year). She co-edited Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors, with Sue Fawn Chung (2005); see amazon.com for her books. Her current project is a full-length biography of Polly Bemis. As a member of the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, Priscilla gives PowerPoint presentations on these and other topics.

Drawing of artifacts
February 2019/index/<http://webpages.uidaho.edu/aacc/>/pwegars@uidaho.edu