Pacific Odyssey to California, 1905
"The sparkling beaches and palm trees seem
like a dream to eleven-year-old Su-Na, a Korean immigrant whose family
has journeyed to the island of Hawaii hoping to find a fortune. While
her father works long hours on a sugar cane plantation, Su-Na and her
two younger sisters, Jae-Mi and Hi-Jong, got their first glimpse of an
unfamiliar culture, taste new foods .... and see firsthand the racism
that prevails among the different Asian populations.
"Discouraged by their experiences in
Hawaii, the family moves to California. All of them struggle with
language barriers, poverty, and prejudice in their adopted homeland --
and the sisters soon find that their new American Lifestyle often
conflicts with their traditional Korean heritage. Growing up in both
worlds, the girls begin to understand that America will not truly be a
free country until all its people are considered equal." -- Quoted from
the cover of the Minstrel edition of the book.