Honoring Immigrant Ancestors on the new Angel Island wall
AIISF and Angel Island State Park have some exciting news for the many people who were on the waiting list for the Immigrant Heritage Wall. We are making room for you by constructing a new wall adjacent to the current Immigrant Heritage Wall. The wall extension will be 26 feet long by 3 feet high and have room for 102 plaques. The majority of the plaques will be at the 7” high x 6” wide configuration and each plaque will cost $2,500. Larger size plaques in the 14 ¼” high x 12 1/4” wide will also be available for $5,000. The deadline for submitting your contribution will be May 30, 2012. We plan to construct this wall and hold a dedication ceremony in September 2012.
Visitors have marveled at the Immigrant Heritage Wall for it not only offers heartfelt recognition of long-departed family patriarchs and matriarchs, but also point the way to stories that continue to inspire us today. There simple, elegant testimonials such as the plaque dedicated to How Jiu (Lum Wun Hoy), who emigrated from Canton in July 1928 and Ah Foon Chew, who came in 1898 by her descendants. The Fong family (Joshua and Lena Fong and their children Neal, Jill, Heidi, Charlotte, and Polly) simply state: “We honor their sacrifice and pioneering spirit.”
Other plaques give a capsule summary of the immigrant’s life: “Paul Zane Wong. He came to America in 1924 at the age of 10 and like many others, struggled through the early years. But his American dream was realized. He created successful businesses, provided care for family, educated his children and became a leader in the community. As a member of the Flying Tigers, he was a proud WWII veteran. In loving memory from his family: Lucille G. Wong (wife), his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.”
Others place a seminal moment in the immigrant’s life on the plaque. The Lee family’s three boys and their wives mark Don Yee Fung Lee’s with this story: Don Lee left Canton in 1939 on a ship headed for San Francisco. Detained for 30 days on Angel Island until he met his father for the first time. Mr. Lee’s full story can also be found at www.aiisf.org/immigrantvoices.
Please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your spot on the Immigrant Heritage Wall Extension. Call Grant Din at 415 262.4433 or e-mail him at