I recently finished a wonderful work of historical fiction called Honolulu by Alan Brennert, which is the absorbing tale of a young Korean mail order bride who arrives in Hawaii in 1914 in search of a better life. Her dreams, unfortunately, don't become reality, at least at first. Her marriage turns out to be a disaster, but she proves to be a strong woman who ultimately finds love and community. Her life in Honolulu is a far cry from what she would have been offered as a woman in Korea. Also try Brennert's other novel, Molokai, about the leprosy colony on that island.
For more information on the author and his books, check out his web site: www.alanbrennert.com.