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Meyer, Wallace (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Volume XIII, Number 5 (February 1916)

Farrington, Joseph R.
The Japanese situation in Hawaii,   pp. Twenty-Twenty-four


Page Twenty-four


THE WISCONSIN MAGAZINE
not displayed a friendly attitude to-
wards the Japanese. It is the opinion
that the people living in Hawaii should
cooperate to work for the welfare of all
races. The Japanese idea is what the
executive has not shown justice towards
our people.
  "Should we participate in the Car-
irtival our hearts would not be with the
spirit of the occasion. This would not
be the proper spirit that should go with
the Carnival. If the Japanese partici-
pate in the Carnival, a committee of
Japanese people should tell the Carni-
val committee the reason for the hesi-
tation, so they may know that the
hearts of the Japanese are not pleased
at the anti-Japanese feeling displayed
by the chief executive."
  The opposition Japanese paper, rep-
resenting quite another element, imme-
diately proceeded to condemn this stand
and explain that the supporters of The
Shinpo had been interested in a Jap-
anese aviator whom the governor re-
fused a permission to fly on the island
of Oahu where the fortifications of the
government are located. The Japan-
ese finally decided to enter the Carnival
as they have in the past.
  Such incidents, and others of nation-
wide interest, have been the source of
considerable exaggeration and misrep-
resentation, and have caused the people
of Hawaii to be alarmed lest unineces-
sarv trouble rise. The Honolulu pap-
ers regret the recent bellicose state-
ments of Senator Phelan concerning
the Japanese. Honolulu men better un-
derstand just how such statements are
received by the Japanese, especially in
Japan. The alarmist points to the end
of American commerce on the Pacific
in the removal of the Pacific Mail boats,
Japanese inroads upon China, the re-
cent action concerning the Philipines,
Senator Phelan's statement's on the ex-
clusion of orientals, and the possible
action of Japanese in Mexico, the Cali-
fornia Anti-Alien Law, and the increase
of the army and navy -in Hawaii, as
signs of the times.
  Japanese of the islands regret these
demonstrations as much as do sound-
thinking Americans. Living together
in perfect harmony and prospering as
they never have before, the many races
of Hawaii fear lest these hasty actions
and words afford them unnecessary
trouble.
  As Baron Shibuzawa stated, Hawaii
is the keystone of the American and
Japainese nations. The test of their re-
lations lies largely with the people of
the islands. But the Japanese situa-
tion in Hawaii has not been settled vet.
On the contrary, the government seems
no nearer a solution of the problems
concerning the assimilation of the or-
iental element than it had a little after
the start. However this does not mean
that it has failed, and many men still
retain faith in the public school to ac-
complislh the desired result. For the
next ten or twenty years the attention
of the world will be turned to the Ter-
riterv of Hawaii where the possibilities
of an Oriental-Anglo-Saxon govern-
mnent are being tried.
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