immigrants laboured in canefields for ten or more hours a day, six
days a week, for $12 a month. Here on three-year contracts, immigrants
were mistreated by their "lunas," who thought nothing
of beating the workers with whips, demanding that even the seriously
ill report to work.
and sacrifices endured by these immigrants encouraged their children
and grandchildren to become educated, work hard, persist, and be
creative. As a result, many second-- and third generation Japanese-Americans
have been successful in fields such as politics, business, education
and art. There was no limit to their aspirations because the United
States provided them the freedom and opportunity to fulfill their
regardless of their ethnicity, leave their children a heritage to
respects, admire and emulate. Saiki has captured the patient, gentle,
loving quality of Japanese immigrants living in early Hawaii.