Read Picture Bride!
Picture Bride is the story of Haru, a woman of silk and steel. To escape being sold into prostitution in turn-of-the-century Japan, Haru takes refuge in a Buddhist temple and later flees to the U.S. territory of Hawaii. Hawaii is a strange new world. The young picture bride finds herself with a husband that doesn't want her and in a society that distrusts her Japanese heritage. From the shrines of Kyushu to the shores of Hawaii, Picture Bride is a sweeping saga of Japanese immigrants who survived-and thrived-against great odds.