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Rural Isolation and Dual Cultural Existence

The Japanese-American Kona Coffee Community


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. David K. Abe
    Pages 1-42
  3. David K. Abe
    Pages 43-102
  4. David K. Abe
    Pages 159-210
  5. David K. Abe
    Pages 211-227
  6. David K. Abe
    Pages 269-276
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-295

About this book


This book studies the Japanese-American coffee farmers in Kona, Hawaii. Specifically, it sheds light on the role of first and second generation immigrants in the emergence of the Kona coffee agricultural economy, as well as factors that contributed to the creation of the Japanese community in Kona. The people there have survived much turmoil, including harsh treatment on the sugar plantations, economic instability, Pearl Harbor and racial stigma, and ethnic and religious identity crises. Despite these challenges, the pillars of the Japanese coffee community have remained stable.


Hawaii Coffee farming Culture identity Community First-generation immigrants Agriculture Kona Coffee Coffee community Japanese-American Kona economic instability, racial stigma Japanese community

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Kanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan

About the authors

David K. Abe is Associate Professor at Kanazawa University in Japan.

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