1920 labor strike

Going back to Hawaii 1920 labor strike Picture brides and karifufu Racial make-up of plantation camps Clothes of plantation workers Surviving after father's death Washing for Filipino bachelors Kids working hard Bombing of Pearl Harbor Helping soldiers Brother leaves for war, survival Okinawan discrimination First day of school Doing chores Eating cold rice

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My father, he was a clerk at the old sugar company warehouse. Huge warehouse, where he took charge of the inventory. All the hospital supplies, the plumber’s supplies and even the carpenter shop supplies were all stored [truck noise] in the huge warehouse right above the plantation village, Hawaii plantation village. And so, for him it was very difficult to participate in the strike because he was a salary man. And I think in the beginning, he didn’t, you know. So, I think he suffered, too, because people were against him and I think he suffered discrimination. And so finally, he joined with the strikers. And I think that left a very unpleasant feeling for him that made him decide to return to Japan.

Date: February 19, 2004
Location: Hawai'i, US
Interviewer: Lisa Itagaki, Krissy Kim
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.

hawaii labor strike sugar plantation

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