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"[A] 'must-see' for any serious student of immigration, plantation life, and the nature of historical storytelling."
Prof. John P. Rosa, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
"...accessible and fascinating...."
Prof. Maddalena Marinari, St. Bonaventure Univ.
Revised 2020 with more historical photographs and maps: from the fields of Spain to the plantations of Hawai'i to the orchards (and vineyards, mines, factories, etc.) of California: this one hour documentary tells the story of a little-known immigration of the early to mid-20th century. Its star, 98-year old Francisco Pérez, is full of stories and watching the video is, like one person put it, "hearing my grandfather speak again." This immigration resembles that of many others, especially Europeans - including the long crossing to get here, the language barrier, low wages, the customs of the New World ... even the flu epidemic of 1918. It is a story of people who braved the odds to make a new life in a new country, a country prepared to welcome them (unlike immigrants from Asia, Africa, and other non-European regions).