My family was poor
My family was poor, at the tender age of twelve I was sold to a factory.... I was carried away by sweet-sounding words. My money was stolen and thrown away. Unaware of the hardship of the future, I was duckweed in the wind. Excited I arrived at the gate, where I bowed to the [doorman, I was taken immediately to the dormitory, Where I bowed to the room supervisor. I was taken immediately to the infirmary, Where I risked my life having a medical examination. I was taken immediately to the cafeteria, Where I asked what was for dinner. I was told it was low-grade rice mixed with sand.... We friends are wretched, separated from our homes in a strange place, put in a miserable dormitory waken up at four-thirty in the morning, eating when five o’clock sounds, dressing at the third bell, glared at by the manager and section head, used by the inspector. How wretched we are!
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Canto di lavoro giapponese del tardo '800.
Da notare la straordinaria somiglianza con i canti di filanda e di risaia italiani più o meno della stessa epoca o di qualche decennio più tardi.
Ed è da notare anche la straordinaria somiglianza con le condizioni di lavoro di moltissimi stranieri immigtrati in Italia oggigiorno.
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