Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00
Our formal program will start at 11:30 and go for about an hour. We will feature Lily Tung Crystal's one woman show about Tye Leung Schulze, who served as an interpreter on Angel Island and was the first Chinese American to join the US Civil Service as well as the first Chinese American woman to vote in the U.S. Tye's grandson Ted Schulze will also fill us in about Tye's life and times. In addition, family historians Eugina Bailey, Linda Harms Okazaki, Kay Speaks, Sam Louie, Grant Din and others will share information about their Russian, Japanese, and Chinese families’ experiences on Angel Island and other ports of entry. David Pan from SF State will share what he and other students have learned about Rev. David Lee, who interpreted and advocated for hundreds of Korean immigrants.
After the formal presentations, you can travel through the Immigration Station barracks and learn from Angel Island State Park’s wonderful volunteers, and learn more from our presenters and see displays about their family research in Room 105 of the barracks. We plan to have this information available until about 2:45 p.m.
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation will be covering the cost of the open house of the historic Immigration Station barracks for those attending the Family History/Reunion Day event on July 19. In order to take advantage of our offer, print out your free tickets here.
For information on and to purchase ferry tickets from San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, or Vallejo, visit Blue and Gold Fleet. From SF, you'd take the 9:45 ferry from Pier 41 (it starts at the Ferry Building at 9:20); from Oakland the 9:00 (Alameda 9:10) which meets up with the SF ferry; and from Vallejo, you’d leave at 8:30 a.m.
For information on and to purchase ferry tickets from Tiburon, visit Angel Island Tiburon Ferry. We recommend taking the 10 a.m. ferry so you will have time to get to the program in plenty of time.
To purchase a box lunch and/or a ride on the shuttle to the Immigration Station (it's about a one mile walk if you don't take the shuttle, starting with 130 or so stairs and then is a gently rolling road), visit the Angel Island Company website here.
For questions, call Grant Din at 415-348-9200 x11.
Eugenia Bailey’s parents immigrated to United States from Russia aboard the USAT Merritt army transport boat, arriving on Angel Island in 1923. She was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from Lowell High School and attended UC Berkeley. She is a long time resident of Kensington, CA. Eugina is a historian and world traveler, and organized the 90th year anniversary event in remembrance of USAT Merritt carrying 526 Russian refugees and arriving on Angel Island in 1923. She is currently conducting research and preparation for the 100th year anniversary of the USAT Merritt's arrival.
Lily Tung Crystal is a Bay Area-based actor/singer. She most recently played Bloody Mary in South Pacific at Mountain Play and Hotel Manager/Prosecutor Li in David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at Portland Center Stage and Syracuse Stage. Other roles include: Rachel Li/Rashida in Tough Titty (Magic Theatre), Amanda in Private Lives (Whirligig Theatre Productions, Shanghai), Lulu in Cabaret (SF Playhouse), Mrs. Park in Jay Kuo's new musical Worlds Apart (Magic Theatre, New World Stages), and Korean #2 in Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (Crowded Fire, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination). You can also catch her later this year as a host on Travel Channel’s new TV show World Access. Lily is the founding co-artistic director of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, a theatre committed to working with professional Asian-American theatre artists. www.lilytungcrystal.com.
Sam Louie is a longtime volunteer tour leaders on Angel Island and very popular among school and other groups. He has done extensive research on his family members including those who immigrated through the island, among them his father, Louie Share Kim who was landed in 1916 as a paper son at the age of 14, and his mother, Tim Bo Louie, who was landed in 1936. Sam and his wife, Jennie, are residents of San Francisco..
Linda Harms Okazaki is a native Californian and fourth-generation San Franciscan. An active member of the California Genealogical Society, she also is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Genealogical Society and numerous local societies. Linda belongs to many Japanese American organizations and is passionate about teaching Nikkei how to document their ancestry. Angel Island holds particular significance as her great grandfather worked there as a night watchman from 1914 until 1925, during which time her husband’s Japanese ancestors passed through the island on their way to work in California. Ms. Okazaki holds a Master of Arts degree in Education. Visit her blog at LindasOrchard.com.
Ted Schulze is a 3rd generation Chinese-American Baby Boomer. He grew up on the western edge of Chinatown, attending Commodore Stockton School, Marina Middle School, and Galileo High School. He has been with the Xerox Corp for 31 years as a field service engineer, and currently works for MRC360, a Xerox subsidiary. His wife Amy is a professional baker and pastry chef.
Kay Speaks, a California native, is first generation Chinese American on her father’s side, her mother was of Irish descent. Through her research, she finally “meets” her Chinese grandfather, a paper son, and discovers he was so much more than the old silent photo that hung on her parents’ wall. Her Chinese adventures include the serendipity of ancestors found and discovering a 1928 family murder mystery cited in case law today. Speaks teaches and lectures on genealogy research techniques, methodology and other research topics. She has written articles for various society newsletters, coordinates a software genealogy user’s group, and helped edit a genealogy software book that has sold in four countries. Speaks is a local and international award winning poet. Her family history often weaves its way into her poetry. Professionally she is an information technology manager and former corporate controller.