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Growing Up American in Papa’s World: Stories of a Korean Immigrant Family

Book review by Judy Yung

Written by Marie Park Fujii, Growing Up American in Papa’s World is a heart-warming memoir of the Park family, their immigration to America and their struggles to survive as farmers in Oregon and Idaho during the Depression years.  It is a story that is connected to the only photograph we have of Koreans on Angel Island, the one showing two women and a three-year-old girl in traditional Korean clothing.  And it is a story that I began telling in “Immigrant Voices” (see story about Rose Young Soon Park).  Now you can hear the rest of the family’s story from Marie Park Fujii, Rose’s younger sister who moved to Hawaii in 1942 and became a nurse, schoolteacher, and feature writer for the East Honolulu News.

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Record Crowd Celebrates Third Annual Immigrant Heritage Awards

Close to 400 people came to honor the Chinese Hospital Health System, Senator Dianne Feinstein, author and community volunteer Linda Frank, "mentor capitalist" Vish Mishra, and SF Ballet principal dancer Yuan Yuan Tan at the third annual AIISF Immigrant Heritage Awards on September 28. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee introduced Senator Feinstein, who spoke about the importance of telling the Angel Island story to many generations of Americans. Journalist Thuy Vu emceed, and Assemblymember Jerry Hill was guest auctioneer. Thanks to event co-chairs Doris Him Grover, Sharon Seto and Gerrye Wong and all of our committee members and volunteers for making the event a smashing success!

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Michael McKechnie Named as New Executive Director

San Francisco, October 8, 2012 - The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) announced today that Michael McKechnie as its new Executive Director to succeed Eddie Wong, who retired in June, 2012.  Mr. McKechnie will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and will report to the AIISF board of directors.

Prior to joining the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Mr. McKechnie served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society for 11 years. “We are very pleased that we found such an outstanding and qualified leader to help take the organization to the next level," said Buck Gee, AIISF Board President.  "We felt that his experience in building a highly visible public/private partnership, his skills in managing a larger organization, and his success in achieving multi-million dollar fundraising goals would be critical in growing the Foundation."

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Immigrant Heritage Wall 2 Dedication recap

by Cathy Huang

Hundreds of visitors to Angel Island this past Saturday did more than just explore the Immigration Station and join tours. They filled the spaces between the buildings with stories. On September 8, 2012, the Angel Island Immigration Station hosted Phase II of its Immigrant Heritage Wall dedication. We welcomed hundreds of families from all corners of the United States to celebrate with us as we unveiled a second stretch of plaques engraved with the names of immigrants for whom the island holds special meaning. Phase I of the wall, dedicated in July 2011, proved to be only the start; plaque requests poured in and families excitedly made travel plans for Phase II.

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In Memory of former detainee and volunteer, Dale Ching

We are saddened by the sudden loss of former Angel Island detainee and docent volunteer Dale Ching. He passed away on August 6 at the age of 91.

Dale was a valued member of the AIISF family. He will be missed.

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