The Dreams of Two Yi-Min

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University of Hawaii Press, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages
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Biographies of Do In Kwon (1888-1962) and his wife, Hee Kyung (Lee) Kwon (1894-1947), parents of the author and immigrants from Korea to Hawaii. Do In Kwon immigrated in 1905, and sent home for a wife in 1912. "Few personal accounts have been written about early Korean immigration (yi-min) to Hawaii ... Margaret Pai recounts the exper- iences of her parents, Do In Kwon and Hee Kyung Lee, while unfolding the rich fabric of Korean society and culture in Japanese-occupied Korea and Hawaii's Korean immigrant community during the early years of this century. Pai tells of her mother's arrival in Honolulu as a 'picture bride' and of her return to Korea and subsequent imprison- ment by the Japanese for her participation in the demonstration of March 1, 1919. Pai also tells of her father--a man deemed odd, intelligent, and even crazy by friends and competitors alike--and of his passion for inventing and talent for business. 'The dreams of two yi-min' is an honest and affectionate portrait of two courageous and strong-willed people. It is the story of the search for a good life, a search that forms a part of the larger history of the Korean experience in Hawaii"--Front fly-leaf of paper cover (attached to front lining paper).
 

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Contents

The New World
1
For a Cause
10
Two Prison Terms
24
The Tragic Split
34
A Scholarly Beginning
43
The House on Pele Street
50
Starting Anew
59
Growing Up in a Factory
75
The Miyoshi Bamboo
108
Poinciana
116
Romantic Spring of42
125
Old Men and Ladies Handbags
134
The Peace after Bombs
144
A Dirge for a Wedding
150
The Korean Consulate
159
Losing the Gamble
181

Taking a Gamble
86
A Successful Invention at Last
94
Greed and Inhumanity
100
Epilogue
196
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About the author (1989)

Pai taught English at Kailua, Roosevelt, and Farrington high schools on Oahu.

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