On January 21, 2012, over 50 people gathered at San Francisco's Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) to hear a lecture by Charles Egan, professor of Chinese at SF State University, on recent discoveries of poems of Angel Island immigrants. Professor Egan was able to decipher Chinese poems, which were obscured on the detention barrack walls. Japanese and Korean poems written about Angel Island and on the immigrant experience were found by reviewing microfilm of vernacular press of the 1910s to 1940s.
AIISF wishes to thank the JCCCNC for co-presenting the program. We also thank our sponsors: Asia Society of Northern California, Korean Center, Inc., KGO-TV, and the National Japanese American Historical Society. We are extremely grateful to Charles Egan for sharing his research with us and bringing new Angel Island stories to light.