Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn February 8, 1885, about 900 Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii. The Japanese would quickly become one of the island kingdom’s largest ethnic groups. Today, about 14% of Hawaii’s population has Japanese ancestry.Most of the immigrants aboard the City of Tokio were single men. They came looking for greater financial opportunities, and quickly found work in Hawaii’s enormous sugar cane plantations. Japanese immigrants performed backbreaking labor weeding and cutting sugar cane. Japanese women often arrived as “picture brides,” having only seen pictures of their future husbands (and their husbands of them) before leaving Japan.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ancestry Noun
family (genealogical) or historical background.
person who follows the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha).
Encyclopedic Entry: crop enormous Adjective
to form or officially organize.
having to do with characteristics of a group of people linked by shared culture, language, national origin, or other marker.
having to do with money.
the gathering and collection of crops, including both plants and animals.
person who moves to a new country or region.
type of government with a king or queen as its leader, or the land ruled by that king or queen.
Encyclopedic Entry: kingdom labor Noun
work or employment.
large estate or farm involving large landholdings and many workers.
building used for worship.
beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.