|Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC)
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1111
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1111 USA
|Priscilla Wegars, Ph.D., Volunteer Curator
Renae Campbell, M.A., RPA, Research Assistant
Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer, a biography for
4th grade to adult readers. Hardcover, full color, published
by Backeddy Books in 2003 to honor the sesquicentennial
(150-year-anniversary) of Polly's birth in 1853. Polly
Bemis, the Pacific Northwest’s most famous Chinese woman, lived in
Idaho for over 60 years. After her parents in China sold
her, she was smuggled into this country, purchased by a Chinese
man, and brought to Warren, Idaho. Polly married Charlie
Bemis in 1894 and they settled on the remote Salmon River.
Charlie died in 1922 and Polly died in 1933. Polly
Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer received the
Idaho Library Association's honorable mention for the best book
about Idaho published in 2003. All
author's royalties will benefit the University of Idaho's Asian
American Comparative Collection. For an autographed
copy (specify recipient), send a check for $19.00 to the AACC at
the address above.
See also the lengthy chapter "Polly Bemis: Lurid Life or Literary Legend?" in Wild Women of the Old West, edited by Glenda Riley and Richard W. Etulain, 45-68, 200-203, Golden, CO: Fulcrum. Sorry, NOT available from the AACC.Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors, edited by Sue Fawn Chung and Priscilla Wegars. Why is there sometimes a chicken in a Chinese funeral procession? Why are Chinese Americans bringing the remains of their ancestors to the US for reburial? Why would Chinese Americans place coins in the coffin or in the mouth, ears, hands, or eyes of their deceased? Why would they leave food at the grave site and burn paper replicas of cell phones and other objects there? Chung and Wegars and a selection of expert contributors answer these questions and more in Chinese American Death Rituals. For a review in the Asian Reporter, see http://www.asianreporter.com/reviews/2006/18-06chineseamerican.htm. Contents: Introduction, by Sue Fawn Chung and Priscilla Wegars; Chapter 1, "'What We Didn’t Understand': A History of Chinese Death Ritual in China and California," by Wendy L. Rouse; Chapter 2, "On Dying American: Cantonese Rites for Death and Ghost-Spirits in an American City," by Paul G. Chace; Chapter 3, "Archaeological Excavations at Virginiatown’s Chinese Cemeteries," by Wendy L. Rouse; Chapter 4, "Venerate These Bones: Chinese American Funerary and Burial Practices as Seen in Carlin, Elko County, Nevada," by Sue Fawn Chung, Fred P. Frampton, and Timothy W. Murphy; Chapter 5, "Respecting the Dead: Chinese Cemeteries and Burial Practices in the Interior Pacific Northwest," by Terry Abraham and Priscilla Wegars; Chapter 6, "Remembering Ancestors in Hawai'i," by Sue Fawn Chung and Reiko Neizman; Chapter 7, "The Chinese Mortuary Tradition in San Francisco Chinatown," by Linda Sun Crowder; Chapter 8, "Old Rituals in New Lands: Bringing the Ancestors to America," by Roberta S. Greenwood; illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, 320 pages. All authors' royalties benefit the AACC. Published in 2005 by AltaMira Press.
AACC Color Postcard. Features artifacts representing a variety of Asian cultures. Three for $1.00. All proceeds benefit the AACC.
Chinese at the Confluence: Lewiston's Beuk Aie Temple, by Priscilla Wegars. Lewiston, ID: Confluence Press in association with Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History, 2000; xii + 41 pages; map, historic and artifact photographs (most full color), references consulted. Brief sections on the Chinese in the West, the Chinese in Lewiston, Chinese religion, Lewiston's Beuk Aie Temple, the Hip Sing Tong, Chinese women, daily life, occupations, and Chinese mining. Paperbound; $6.00. All proceeds benefit the AACC.
Chinese Artifact Illustrations, Terminology, and Selected Bibliography. Compiled by Priscilla Wegars for the Chinese and Japanese Artifacts Workshop, Society for Historical Archaeology, Salt Lake City, UT, January 1999. Revised July 2012. 13 pages. Photocopy; $5.00. All proceeds benefit the AACC.
Japanese Artifact Illustrations, Terminology, and Selected Bibliography. Compiled by Priscilla Wegars for the Chinese and Japanese Artifacts Workshop, Society for Historical Archaeology, Salt Lake City, UT, January 1999. Revised July 2012. 9 pages. Photocopy; $4.00. All proceeds benefit the AACC.
Guardians and Ghostcatchers: Preparing
for Eternity in Ancient China, an Exhibition of Chinese Tomb
Sculpture from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Robert B.
Pamplin, Jr., by Alison T. Stenger. Lewiston,
ID: Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History, 1998; i + 16
pages; text, chronology, artifact illustrations (full
color). Paperbound; $5.00 prepaid. All proceeds benefit the AACC.
Free with any other order!
The Ah Hee Diggings: Final Report of Archaeological Investigations at OR-GR-16, the Granite, Oregon "Chinese Walls" Site, 1992 through 1994, by Priscilla Wegars, with an Appendix on faunal analysis by Deborah L. Olson. University of Idaho Anthropological Reports, No. 97, Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology, University of Idaho, 1995; xvii + 250 pages; tables, maps, illustrations, artifact catalogue, bibliography. Paperbound; price reduced, $19.00. All proceeds benefit the AACC.
Chinese Legacy: Historical Archaeology at Centerville, Idaho,
Once the 'Handsomest Town in the Basin,' by Priscilla
Wegars. Idaho Cultural Resources Series, No. 5, Bureau of Land
Management, Boise, 2001; xvii + 211 pages; photographs, maps,
artifact illustrations, bibliography. Paperbound; available from
the BLM Public Room, 208-373-3889, for $5.00; postage may be
extra. Sorry, NOT
available from the AACC.
Archaeology and History of the
Chinese in Southern New Zealand during the Nineteenth Century:
A Study of Acculturation, Adaptation, and Change, by
Neville A. Ritchie.
Doctoral thesis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1986; xx + 711 pp.; numerous illustrations and tables; unbound. $90.00. All proceeds benefit the AACC.
A Comparative Study of
Mid-Nineteenth Century Chinese Blue-and-White Export Ceramics
from the Frolic Shipwreck, Mendocino County,
California, by Patricia Hagen Jones.
Master's thesis, San Jose State University, 1992; vii + 182 pages; numerous illustrations and tables. $25.00. All proceeds benefit the AACC.
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