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  1. Super Comrade's thread on telling Japs apart from Chinese got me thinking about a dramatic, obscure bit of US history; the story of the Japanese and the state of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are a volcanic chain that's about dead in the middle of the Pacific. The islands have undergone significant weathering over millions of years, which means that the island of Oahu has a natural deep water port at Pearl Harbor. The volcanic soils are also rich in minerals, and this combined with the heavy rainfall makes the islands exceptionally fertile. Hawaii was first colonized by Polynesians so
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