Date of Award
Bonnie Clark, Ph.D.
Amache, Internment, Japanese American, Japanese garden, Landscape archaeology
Previous research shows that during the period of Japanese American internment gardening became a popular activity for the interned. Primarily approached historically, little work has been conducted to archaeologically analyze the efforts of landscaping by former internees. Gardening activity can paint a better picture of Japanese American identity during the period of forced confinement. This research investigates internee gardens methodologically through surface survey, ground penetrating radar, excavation, oral history, soil chemistry, archaeobotany, and palynology. The thorough investigation of landscaping efforts of internees builds upon knowledge of expression within Japanese American relocation centers, as well as the understanding of a lineage of gardening as Japanese immigrant tradition. Using available materials, gardeners adapted both tradition and environment for the purpose of improving conditions under internment and maintaining an affiliation to heritage. My examination of internee landscaping better explains how many collectively maintained, adapted, and publicly expressed an ethnic identity.
Garrison, David Holden, "A History of Transplants: A Study of Entryway Gardens at Amache" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1026.
Received from ProQuest
David Holden Garrison
Archaeology, Asian American Studies