Cane Fires: The Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii, 1865-1945 by Gary Y. Okihiro

By Gary Y. Okihiro

Demanding the view of Hawaii as a legendary racial paradise, this paintings offers the historical past of a scientific anti-Japanese circulation within the islands from the time migrant staff have been delivered to the sugar cane fields until eventually the top of worldwide warfare II.

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He counted 500 bags of unpolished rice, 20 bags of polished rice, and plenty of shoyu, miso, and firewood in the Scioto's hold, but no fish or fowl. Many of the passengers, however, could not eat the first few days because of seasickness. Sakuma noted that the men spent their time in polishing rice and in horseplay, and he reported that those caught smoking were handcuffed for violating the ship's safety code. 9 Finally, on June 19, 1868, the Scioto cast anchor in Honolulu harbor. On shore, a gift of salted fish from the Hawaiian king and clothes and hats greeted the gannenmono.

Here you couldn't see anything, no view, no landscape, just fields and hills. Ah, such a place. The sun was already going down. ' "45 Perhaps most frightening to eighteen-year-old brides Kakazu and Yamauchi was the prospect of giving birth in that sorrowful place. "There 32 Years of Migrant Labor, 1865-1909 was a lady from Niigata in Mill Camp 2 in Waipahu who came to help," Yamauchi remembered of her first childbirth. "In those days a midwife just helped a baby be delivered, come out, you know.

Under a system of rules and correction, workers could easily slip into debt or peonage for reporting to work late, breaking or losing tools, or violating curfew. Fear was used to secure subservience and productivity: "We were always on our guard when working," recalled Tsuru Yamauchi. "If we thought the lunas were coming, we were afraid .... The lunas might or might not come once in a day, but we were always scared that they'd come. We couldn't understand their speech, and so we couldn't answer at all.

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