Thursday, December 11, 2008



Despite their distrust of Western ways and people, Koreans of early 1900's found terms of migration attractive: a monthly wage of $15, free housing, health care, English lessons, and the predominately warm Hawaiian climate. (Moynihan 45) Recruiters in Korea used the upbeat slogan "The country is open- go forward," which portrayed that Hawaii is a land of opportunity. (Moynihan 46) Like the Chinese and Japanese who were before the Koreans, found plantation life hard an unrewarding. (Moynihan 47) The immigrants were drained by 10-hour work days and 6-day work weeks. (Moynihan 48) Their exhaustion was not related by conditions on the plantation, which in variably included squalid housing, isolation and poor food. (Moynihan 48) One person described his experience as follows:
"I got up at four-thirty in the morning and made my breakfast. I had to be out to the field at five o'clock. I worked ten hours a day with a sixty-seven cent wage. My supervisor ... was very strick with us. He ... did not allow us to stand up straight once we started to work. He treated us like cows and horses. We carried our number all the time as an identification card and we were never called by name, but number."

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