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Bird of Another Heaven by James D. Houston
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Mar 01, 11

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Fascinating to learn about the Hawaii/CA link in the 1800's. I subsequently read Two Years Before the Mast, a first-person account of 1800's CA, which also described the Kanakas working in CA. I did not quite finish Bird of Another Heaven, got bored near the end.

My father grew up in the Sacto River Delta south of Sacramento. His great grandfather came to CA for the Gold Rush and stayed to farm. Dad just told me the other day that the Kanakas helped build the levees in the Delta. I had thought it was the Chinese. He said Chinese, Japanese,
and Hawaiian laborers built the levees.
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