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Dresner to speak on Japanese migration to Hawai'i

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Date: Monday, October 14, 2002
Contact: Dr. Sandra Wagner-Wright, (808) 974-7412

For Immediate Release

The public is invited to a talk on Japanese migration to Hawai'i in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, given by Dr. Jonathan Dresner on Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. in the University of Hawai`i at Hilo's Campus Center Room 306-307.

Dresner is a new assistant professor of East Asian history at UH Hilo. The presentation, titled "Roots of Japanese Migration to Hawai'i," will include the economic and cultural factors that motivated this migration to the Islands, focusing on the Yamaguchi Prefecture, which was a high-emigration region in southern Japan. Dresner, who spent a year doing research there before completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, will recount what life was like in that part of Japan at the time. His talk will explore the history, economy and society of migrants' hometowns, and how they were affected by the sudden creation of international connections. The talk is sponsored by the UH Hilo Department of History and the Japanese Studies Program.

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