Every Object Tells a Story: Searching for Finnishness among Bay Area Finns

Immigrant homes often display artifacts of cultural, historic, and ethnic importance. I have looked into the meaningful objects that Bay Area Finns of different generations and age groups hold dear to their hearts. The owners find nostalgic connections with these objects as they keep negotiating and recreating their Finnishness. This talk discusses the many fragilities found: the fragility of the objects themselves, of their nostalgic connections, of the objects’ true ethnic origins, and of the narratives the objects inspired. Download article as PDF