Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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Give A Meaningful Gift: Keep Our History Alive for Coming Generations

As a nation of immigrants, one of the greatest legacies we can provide our children is the knowledge of our rich West Coast immigration history. It is only by knowing our past that the next generation can build a strong foundation of inclusion for the future.

By making a donation or donating as a gift in honor or memory of another, you’ll enable AIISF to make our educational resources available to students and teachers nationwide. (We'll notify a recipient of your thoughtfulness with a giving card.)

We are in the midst of a national expansion of our efforts to make known the Immigration Station history. Currently, we are updating our Immigrant Voices web archive facilitating greater public participation. We’re seeking to launch the next version of our intergenerational video program, 3 People, but in response to requests, this time the elders will participate in the video training too. And we are deep into the campaign to open the Pacific Coast Immigration Center at Angel Island State Park in the restored Public Health Hospital. The Center’s exhibits and programs will be available online so that the Center itself becomes the national icon for Pacific Coast immigration.

Give a gift that matters. Gifts of every size count. We also invite you to consider membership in our Pacific Passages Circle. Help us write history.

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Please join us March 9, 2016 for Immigrant Dreams: Hero Voices

Our annual Benefit: Immigrant Dreams: Hero Voices, featuring the presentation of the 2016 Immigrant Heritage Awards

Location: Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco

Time: 6 pm: Reception, 7 pm: Dinner, Grand Ballroom

Sponsor a table and support our efforts to share the Angel Island Immigration Station history with students and teachers nationwide.

P.S. Tickets to the Benefit make a wonderful, welcomed holiday gift!

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Family History and Reunion Day Videos

At this year’s Family History Day a wide variety of speakers shared fascinating stories of the different ethnic groups and nationalities that were detained on Angel Island including: Russians, Koreans, Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese and Austrians. We captured these on video so you could enjoy the richness and diversity of the American experiences that began on Angel Island.

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Three People Videos Premiere

Take a look at the videos from our 3 People project where high school students made films based on their interviews with elders on their immigration experiences.  These heartfelt, well-crafted short films capture the fears, motivations and challenges the seniors faced in leaving their homelands.

watch videos here...



Featured Immigrant Voices Story

Brothers Kakuro and Shigeo Shigenaga were both detained on Angel Island in 1942, arrested during a time of racial hysteria when many Japanese immigrants were captured by the FBI for fears they would engage in anti-American actions. They took different routes from Hawai`i to the Department of Justice detention camps in Santa Fe, NM, but both stopped at Angel Island for several days during the early days of World War II.

Before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the FBI had compiled dossiers on many Japanese community leaders. Visit our overview website for more information.

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Virtual Tour of Angel Island Immigration Station

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Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of the experience of Immigration into America through the Pacific. AIISF collects and preserves the rich stories and personal journeys of thousands of immigrants, and shares them with visitors and everyone living in America through education initiatives and public programs.   Angel Island Immigration Station reminds us of the complicated history of immigration in America.  It serves as a symbol of our willingness to learn from our past to ensure that our nation keeps its promise of liberty and freedom.

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