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Japanese Immigrant Poem About Working In Hawaii Canefields


Here is a poem from around 1905 by a Japanese immigrant who had come to Hawaii to work in a sugarcane plantation. (Photo above is of sugarcane in Hawaii.)

Hawaii, Hawaii

Like a dream

So I came

But my tears

Are flowing now

In the canefields.

Here is a history of Japanese immigration to Hawaii.

While the poem tells the story well enough, here is information about working in a sugar plantation in Hawaii.

February 19, 2008 - Posted by | Immigration, Poetry | , , ,


  1. did the worker think passage was free to paradise? naive

    Comment by bill brady | March 23, 2008

  2. He or she likely thought they were going to a better place.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 23, 2008

  3. sugar: so sweet to consume, and yet so bitter in it’s history

    Comment by will | June 1, 2010

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