Laura W. Ng is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her dissertation examines the materiality of transnationalism by focusing on the late 19th- and early 20th-century Chinese migration to the United States. Through an archaeological lens, she traces the transpacific linkages between three diasporically connected communities: two Chinatowns in southern California and a village in Taishan, Guangdong, China. At Stanford, she served as an Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Mentor and a member of the Asian American Activities Center Advisory Board. Laura earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego.