Ghosts of the Dam
Chinese Laborers at Lake Chabot
During 1993-94, the C.E. Smith Museum at CSUEB mounted a major exhibit on the archaeological site at Lake Chabot Dam, entitled Yema-po. The site, excavated by students and faculty of the Department of Anthropology, represents the remains of a work camp occupied by the overseas Chinese laborers who constructed the East Bay’s San Leandro Reservoir (Lake Chabot) between 1874 and 1875.
This year, Anthropology students will build upon and re-interpret the original exhibit, using many artifacts from the original dig which have not been seen before. This new exhibit - Ghosts of the Dam - serves as a window into the conditions of Chinese immigrants to California in the years immediately preceding the passage of the 1882 Exclusion Act.
The display will be produced in September, October, and November 2008, and is slated for opening around Thanksgiving.
A CSUEB exhibit, produced by the C.E. Smith Anthropology Museum and Dr. George Miller’s students