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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
When the sugar cane plantation owners in Hawaii realized how effective the immigrant Japanese workers were, the planters were faced with a decision. If they continued to bring in more workers, Hawaii could eventually have more Japanese living there than any other ethnic group. But if the planters did not bring in more Japanese, the production -- and profits -- might decline. Hence a decision was made to continue bringing in more laborers from Japan. The ethnic balance of Hawaii was changed. "In sum the planters chose to place the economic welfare of the plantations ahead of all other considerations."
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