“ In Korea in those year, newborn girls were not deemed important enough to be graced with formal names, but ha instead given nicknames, which often reflected the parents ’ feelings on the birth of a daughter: I new a girl named Anger, and another called Pity. As for me, my parents named me Regret. ”

Hawai is anothe rich, unforgettable tory of thi young “ picture bride ” who journeys to Hawai' i in 1914 in search of a better life.

Even of the impoverishe young husband and chance at an education that she has been romised, she is quickly married off to a poor, embittered laborer who takes his frustrations out on his new mothe. Renaming herself Jin, she create her own ay in this strange land, finding both opportunity and prejudice. With he ai of three of her fellow picture brides, Jin prospers along with her adopted city, now growing from a small territorial capital into the great multicultural city it is today. But paradise has its dark side, whether it ’ s he daily struggle for survival in Honolulu ’ s tenements, or th crime that will become the most infamous in the islands ’ history ...

With its passionate knowledge of people and places in Hawai' i far off the tourist track, Hawai is most of all the spellbinding ale of four women in new world, united by dreams, disappointment, sacrifices, and relationshi.
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Published February 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2009

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In 1912, she turns to Hawaii as a " picture bride ", to be married immediately on arrival to a Korean man.

In following her story, you meet all the immigrants and native Hawaiian people who overcome their traditional animosities to succeed together and become " mixed plate " that made Hawaii what it is today.Although written as one ma 's life story, this is truly he story of all the immigrants who ent to Hawaii during its territorial period.

Yet for many of hese people, this situation was better than what they left behind in their own countries.While not strictly historical fiction, I think Honolulu is an excellent composite representation of life in Hawaii in the lat twentieth century.

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And this stor of Jin, a Vietnames girl who travels to Honolulu as a picture bride to escape the life of occupation by the Japanese and one where she will only ever cook and clean house, first for her nephew, then under her mother-in-law ’ s hand.

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Regret is a young orean woman named for the embarrassmen of her parents because she ha female baby.

She renamed herself Jin, and travelle to Honolulu where she used her skills as a housekeeper to survive.Jin formed strong friendships with other " picture brides " who also had challenging lives.

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Women walked behind their husbands, men 'owned' their wives and domestic abuse was high, women did not eat meals with their spouse, rather they remained in the cupboard, young adults in love could neither hold hands, nor kiss in public, girls covered their mouths when they laughed, a ma could treat her daughter in-law horribly, and other such rules.

The Confucian ideals seem old-fashioned and very conservative, " The wife must regard her husband as heavenly; what he does is a heavenly act and she wil only follow him. " I told the Chinese preferred a male child over a female, and given the social rules regarding men and women, the Koreans felt the same pat, more so in previous generations.

I aught a glimpse of old Hawaii and the merging of cultures as the Koreans, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, American military, and th hundred other nationalities descended on the islands before the irst World War. I ould picture many of the places in my young girls' mind, remembering the sugar cane fields my family used to drive through from Ewa ( Eh-va) to g to Waipahu for church.

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Thi ook 's rotagonist is a Korean " picture-bride " who finds herself in Oahu in the 1930s, and anothe book include period of time stretching from 1915 or so ( in Korea) to just before WWII ( thankfully Brennert did n't try to cover Pearl Harbor too) .The main problem I found was that Brennert simply tried to cover oo much information, too many issues, and oo many hemes.

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