Japanese Culture In Hawaii Case Study

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Japanese Culture Lives in Hawaiian Business The Japanese archipelago sits to the east of the Eurasian mainland. The land area is about 378,000km², making it the sixtieth largest country in the world by land mass. It is about one twenty-fifth the size of the U.S. Japan also has extraordinary business sense based on their customs which gathers the interest of other countries. With the progress of globalization, Japanese people and Japanese concepts spread across national borders and are a huge positive influence to other nations. Hawaii is no exception even though it sits faraway from Japan. Hawaii is an overseas territory of the United States located in the Pacific Ocean; however, it was originally an independent nation. Local Hawaiians settled …show more content…
On May 5, 1806, a ship which has about 500 Japanese approached to Hawaii and settle down. It continues and says “the Japanese remained in Hawai 'i for more than three months until an American ship offered to take them home (Kono). Until they were ready to go back to Japan, the record says King Kamehameha I (1795-1819) took care of them (Kono). This story was the origin of a relationship between Japan and Hawaii. After almost 80 years later, the first Japanese immigrants officially came into Hawaii during the 1880’s, when Hawaii was still a monarchy. However, at that time, many American and British came in and Hawaii was practically ruled by American. They had gained authority to control the islands and started business such as farming sugar cane, coffee, and pineapple. Hawaii was ideal location to have plantation because the weather, worm and stable throughout a year and wide open fertile land, American businessman and plantation owner had gained power to control the land. Due to expanding and maintain its business, they required enormous number of labor force. First they thought they hired local Hawaiians; however, many of them had died because of the diseases which British brought into the land. So, they positively hired immigrants to work in the field as complement (Thorndike). There were many immigrants from many countries: China, Philippines, Korea, Portuguese, and Africa, also in 1853, momentary immigrant’s population was 97% of the islands’ population (The Library of Congress). In 1885, approximately 30,000 Japanese workers immigrated to Hawaii. By 1923, their numbers had dwindled to 16%, and the largest percentage of Hawaii 's population was Japanese (The Library of Congress). Under this circumstance, even there were several options to choose but they choose Japanese because their working attitude was totally

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