By Yong-ho Ch'oe
Referred to as the Hermit country, Korea was once the final East Asian kingdom to open its doorways to the West. a few 7,200 Koreans migrated to Hawai‘i looking for wealth and fortune—the first of their country’s background to dwell within the Western international. such a lot of them, notwithstanding, came across basically trouble whereas operating as sugar plantation workers. quickly after their departure, Korea was once colonized by way of Japan, and in a single day they grew to become "international orphans" without govt to guard them. surroundings apart their unique target of enhancing their very own lives, those Korean immigrants redirected their energies to restoring their country’s sovereignty, turning Hawai‘i right into a crucially vital base of Korean nationalism.From the Land of Hibiscus lines the tale of Koreans in Hawai‘i from their first arrival to the eve of Korea’s liberation in 1945. utilizing newly exposed facts, it demanding situations formerly held principles at the social origins of immigrants. It additionally examines their political historical past, the function of Christian church buildings in immigration, a dead ringer for Koreans as depicted within the media, and, certainly, nationalist actions. assorted techniques to waging the nationalist fight discover the explanations of feuds that frequently bitterly divided the Korean group. eventually, the publication offers the 1st in-depth stories of the nationalist actions of Syngman Rhee, the Korean nationwide organization, and the United Korea Committee.From the Land of Hibiscus bargains a wealth of latest views and knowledge on Koreans in Hawai‘i that would be welcomed via historians of Hawai‘i and Korea in addition to people with an curiosity in Asian American heritage and American reports.
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Referred to as the Hermit nation, Korea was once the final East Asian kingdom to open its doorways to the West. a few 7,200 Koreans migrated to Hawai‘i looking for wealth and fortune—the first of their country’s historical past to dwell within the Western international. such a lot of them, notwithstanding, came upon basically hassle whereas operating as sugar plantation employees.
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This marriage, too, had nothing of love in it and the case worker, knowing the family, today sees four children who are the targets for a disillusioned mother and a disinterested father. 39 Of course, not all the picture bride marriages were as disappointing as this one. There were many cases in which such a marriage brought a happy family life. From a historical perspective, we can say that the picture brides nevertheless played important roles for the following reasons. First, the picture brides brought stability to the Korean community in Hawai‘i by providing “homes” for their husbands.
That we now see in Hawai‘i a number of Korean Americans occupying key positions in both the public and private sectors—a disproportionately large number, in fact—is testimony to the success the Koreans have attained in their newly adopted land. In addition to facing the difﬁcult tasks of settling in their newly adopted land, Koreans, unlike other ethnic groups, had to wage an arduous struggle toward recovering the sovereignty of their beloved homeland as well. Foremost in their minds was regaining Korea’s independence, for which they willingly and selflessly sacriﬁced the bulk of their energy and material gains.
24. Most of the unknown “last residences” are village names, such as “dong” and “ri,” suggesting they are from rural regions, and hence it is safe to assume that they are not from cities. 25. Yun Ch’i-ho, Yun Ch’i-ho ilgi (Yun Chi-ho’s Diary) (Seoul: Kuksa p’yônch’an wiwônhoe, 1976), 6:167–68 (English original). 26. Morris Pang, “A Korean Immigrant,” Social Process in Hawaii 13 (1949). 27. In the ﬁles of C. , in the possession of Professor (Emeritus) Edward D. Beechert of the Department of History, University of Hawai‘i.