Hawaii was a multicultural society in which the Japanese experienced about the same level of distrust as other groups. (as well as Canada and Latin America) were interned during World War II, but very few on Hawaii at the Honouliuli Internment Camp.Indeed, they were the largest population group by 1910, and after 1950 took political control of Hawaii. According to Chan (1996), the historiography of Asians in America falls into four periods.The Japanese arrived in large numbers 1890–1907, many going to Hawaii (an independent country until 1898), and others to the West Coast.Hostility was very high on the West Coast, but not especially violent.The Chinese were further alleged to be "coolies" and were said to be not suitable for becoming independent thoughtful voters because of their control by tongs.The same negative reception hit the Asians who migrated to Mexico and Canada.His musical work outside of the band includes producing and songwriting with artists such as reggae singer Elan Atias and No Doubt bandmate Gwen Stefani, among others.His parents emigrated from India to London, England, where Kanal was born.
Kanal produced the song "Rent" for the ska punk band Pepper's 2006 album No Shame.
She stated that the break-up "took ages" because the two were close friends and Kanal did not want to hurt her.
After the break-up, he offered to leave the band, but Stefani replied that she wanted him to stay.
When No Doubt went on hiatus, Kanal began a career behind the mixing console. Kanal then produced Elan Atias's debut album, Together as One, which was released in June 2006.
In 2004, Kanal produced three songs for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates. Kanal again worked with Gwen Stefani for her follow-up solo album The Sweet Escape, released in 2006.
While most of his early years were spent in London, Kanal and his family also spent brief periods living in Toronto, Canada, and Munster, Indiana, before eventually returning to London.