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ASIAN AM 160 Lecture 6: Asian American History Lecture 6
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Fall 2016

Department
Asian American Studies
Course Code
ASIAN AM 160
Professor
Cheng Cindy
Lecture
6

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Asian Settler Colonialism: Japanese Immigration to Hawaii
1868 and 1869, 1st documented case of Japanese immigration to "America"
American, Dutch, and German seaman smuggled several hundreds out of Japan to work
in Hawaii, Guam, and California
149 Japanese went to Hawaii
Treated so badly, 1869 Japanese government brought 40 home, forbade immigration
oDid not want Japanese to be seen as inferior
In 1885 sanctioned first shipload of Japanese contract laborers to Hawaii
Managed through American consul general of Hawaii
oDesperately needed immigrant workers for the many sugar plantations
Over 29,000 Japanese men and women came to work on sugar plantations on 3 year
contract
oWorked 10-12 hours/day for 26 days/month
In 1894 immigration turned over to private companies
1850 - 1920 about 300,000 Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos immigrated to Hawaii
Saw more families than California
Depletion of Native population
oDue to diseases and poverty
Mainly poverty
o1853 - 97%
o1920 - 16.3%
Increase in Japanese population
o1853 - 0%
o1920 - 42.7%
oMost dominant group in Hawaii
Small Caucasian population
o1853 - 2%
o1920 - 7.7%
Seasons of Rebellion
Benefits of our jobs today come from immigrant worker strikes
oShorter work day
oMore wages
oMaternal leave
Organized Labor
Blood Unionism
oUnion made of one ethnic group
oDid not work because corporations hire different ethnic worker to replace them
Helped to break up strikes
oFought for benefits for their own ethnic group
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Asian Settler Colonialism: Japanese Immigration to Hawaii  1868 and 1869, 1st documented case of Japanese immigration to "America"  American, Dutch, and German seaman smuggled several hundreds out of Japan to work in Hawaii, Guam, and California  149 Japanese went to Hawaii  Treated so badly, 1869 Japanese government brought 40 home, forbade immigration o Did not want Japanese to be seen as inferior  In 1885 sanctioned first shipload of Japanese contract laborers to Hawaii  Managed through American consul general of Hawaii o Desperately needed immigrant workers for the many sugar plantations  Over 29,000 Japanese men and women came to work on sugar plantations on 3 year contract o Worked 10-12 hours/day for 26 days/month  In 1894 immigration turned over to private companies  1850 - 1920 about 300,000 Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos immigrated to Hawaii  Saw more families than California  Depletion of Native population o Due to diseases and poverty  Mainly poverty o 1853 - 97% o 1920 - 16.3%  Increase in Japanese population o 1853 - 0% o 1920 - 42.7% o Most dominant group in Hawaii  Small Caucasian population o 1853 - 2% o 1920 - 7.7% Seasons of Rebellion  Benefits of our
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