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Erika Lee and Judy Yung, co-authors of the award-winning history book Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, will headline the "Angel Island Storytelling" program on Saturday, June 30 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco. Lee and Yung will present a brief historical overview of the Angel Island Immigration Station, followed by immigrant stories told by Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Jewish descendants of Angel Island detainees. Speakers who will be sharing their family’s immigration journeys include the following: Ted Schulze, grandson of Tye Leung Schulze, a former Angel Island Immigration Station interpreter; Janice Muto, daughter of Japanese picture bride Hisayo Yoshino; Gail Whang, granddaughter of Pastor Whang Sa Sun; Nora Steiner, daughter of Alice Edelstein, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany; and a video of Nick Friesen, whose Mennonite family came from Russia.
Charles Egan, professor of Chinese language at San Francisco State University, will also introduce newly recovered Chinese, Japanese and Korean poems written by Angel Island immigrants. A reception and book signing by the authors of the new paperback edition of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America will immediately follow the program.
The new paperback will be sold at a 20% discount for $20. Book proceeds benefit the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.