Fact of the Week (7/4-7/10)

The first Asian immigrants, who came from different ethnic backgrounds, worked as physical laborers in Hawaii’s sugar cane plantations. Through the plantation work, a pidgin (hybrid) language came about consisting of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean and English. In the 19th and 20th centuries, pidgin extended beyond the plantations into the daily life in Hawaii. Currently, the pidgin language is one of the official languages of Hawaii, which itself is 40 percent Asian.  

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