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Voices from the CanefieldsFolksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i$
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Franklin Odo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199813032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199813032.001.0001

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Voices from the Canefields

Franklin Odo

Oxford University Press

Sugar plantations were early examples of industrial agriculture where profits were tied to reducing labor costs. Women were paid just over one-half men's wages. Workers brought songs they had sung in Japan and created new lyrics for traditional tunes. Workers signed on for three-year contracts and often had to stay multiple terms before returning to Japan; perhaps one-half chose or were forced to remain in Hawai1i.

Keywords:   Sugar plantation jobs, Non-plantation jobs, Women's work, Mobility and choice

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