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To Hawaii from Japan

In this video segment from Faces of America, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. talks with Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi about her grandfather, Tatsuichi Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi learns for the first time that her grandfather left his family in 1899 at the tender age of 21. Tatsuichi then settled on the Big Island of Hawaii and began working as a laborer on the Onamega Sugar Plantation. The conditions were harsh and unforgiving while the workers toiled through the planting, cutting and processing of sugar cane.

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