Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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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.


3rd Annual Immigrant Heritage Awards will be held on September 28

AIISF’s annual event will feature the third annual Immigrant Heritage Awards this year with the theme of “An Evening in the Splendors of the Forbidden City.” It will be held at the Hilton Financial District in San Francisco (750 Kearny St) on September 2012 at 6 PM. Honorees include the Chinese Hospital Health System, author and community volunteer Linda Frank, “mentor capitalist” and president of TiE Silicon Valley Vish Mishra, and San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Yuan Yuan Tan. The night's emcee will be broadcast journalist Thuy Vu.

Parking is available at the Hilton for $5 self park or $20 valet.

In addition to the award ceremony, we will have a number of wonderful raffle, live and silent auction prizes. These include a “Best of SF” package with breakfast with Mayor Ed Lee and a suite at the Hilton Financial District plus gift certificates for a spa, restaurants, and opera and museum tickets; a New York travel and accommodations package including airfare courtesy of Southwest Airlines; a private tour of Hearst Castle with accommodations; a Waikiki vacation package courtesy of airfare from United Airlines, hotel stay and round of golf; and an exclusive America’s Cup overnight stay and tour on Angel Island September 14-15, 2013. For more information or possible proxy bids, call Grant Din at AIISF at 415-262-4433.


Immigrant Heritage Wall Dedication Event Update

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and Angel Island State Park will be celebrating the dedication of the Immigrant Heritage Wall, Phase II, on September 8, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.


There will be a special free open house of the Immigration Barracks and a program featuring families sharing their immigrant heritage stories and celebrating their ancestors’ lives at the Immigrant Heritage Wall itself. This wall includes hundreds of names of immigrants, many of whom passed through Angel Island, and their stories. The open house will be available both before and after the dedication program, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Please prepare for festival style seating, you are welcome to bring low profile folding chairs or blankets.


Meet Angel Island Immigration Station Volunteer Docents Marian, Myrna, and Jennie

by Lia Dun

During our interview, Marian Louie Seiki recalled a family visit to Angel Island in the 1970s: the Immigration Station was still in a state of disrepair, with the buildings falling apart and only a few posters and pictures compared to the exhibits that are there today. Nevertheless, the immigration station had always been a place of personal interest to Marian—her mother had been detained on the island for three months in 1939 at the age of 17—so on Mother’s Day, she brought her whole family to the island for a picnic.


Eddie Wong expresses his thanks to AIISF supporters


June 5, 2012

Dear Friends,

I’ve had the pleasure of working with you over the past four years as Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. As I prepare to retire on June 30, 2012, I wanted to share some reflections on this part of my journey.  Working at AIISF has been a rewarding experience on so many levels.  First and foremost, we have made substantial progress in educating the public about this national symbol of Pacific immigration.  We reopened the Immigration Station Museum in February 2009 with gorgeous new exhibits designed by Dan Quan, including a new interpretive area on the grounds of the administration building.  We’ve created the elegant Immigrant Heritage Wall upon which hundreds of immigrant lives are honored for posterity.  We’ve stabilized the immigration station hospital, which was in danger of collapse.  The work can now begin to rehabilitate the hospital and create exhibition galleries, performance spaces, and meeting rooms. This will double the size of the present Immigration Station Museum.  I think that my father, who was deported from Angel Island as a 15-year old and came back a year later determined to better his life, would be proud that a place of shame has now become a site of conscience.


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