This chapter focuses on the Chinese immigration to Hawaiʻi. Its history is unique in the history of Chinese moving to the West, inasmuch as those who came to Hawaiʻi were not immigrating to the United States of America but to the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, with its ethnic mix of peoples quite different from those of the Western states, which had seen a large influx of Chinese men by mid-nineteenth century. Immigrating to Hawaiʻi, a society fundamentally less hostile to them, enabled the Chinese to adapt more easily than their mainland U.S. counterparts to the host culture. The ethos of Hawaiʻi gave the descendants of the early Chinese who settled in the Islands an easier time adapting and assimilating to the cultural norms of Hawaiʻi.
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