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Final call for Immigrant Heritage Wall plaque

The Immigrant Heritage Wall is down to its last few open spaces. If you are interested, please contact Grant Din right away at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 415-262-4433. Thanks to all the families who are participating, and please save September 8 as the date for the dedication for the second phase of the wall!


Stanford University releases a Graphic Novel on Angel Island

by Lia Dun

“Angel Island: The Chinese-American Experience” is a graphic novel that seeks to make the experience of Chinese immigrants detained on Angel Island accessible to middle school students.  The teaching aide was developed by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-cultural Education, which develops multidisciplinary curriculum for K-14 students on international themes, as part of a unit on the Chinese American experience.  The graphic novel follows the story of a group of Chinese immigrants as they pass through Angel Island and describes the different aspects of life on Angel Island—the grueling interrogations, men being separated from women, medical inspections, and the often despairing poems carved on the barrack walls.


AIISF and the SF Public Library present artwork from Milly Lee’s Landed June 1 to Aug. 30, 2012 at the Main Library’s Fisher Children Center

San Francisco author and librarian Milly Lee has written three children’s books focused on the Chinese American experience: Landed, Nim and the War Effort, and Earthquake.  All three books were illustrated by Yangsook Choi.  For the first time, a selection of Ms. Choi’s vivid color paintings from these books will be exhibited at the Fisher Children Center, located on the second floor of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.  The exhibit will celebrated with a reception on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Author Milly Lee will read from her books.  The event is free and open to the public.


Erika Lee and Judy Yung headline program to celebrate paperback launch of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America on June 30 at Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco

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.


Meet Angel Island Immigration Station Volunteer Docent Sam Louie

1.        Tell us a little about yourselves, e.g. where you grew up, went to school, your professions, and family
I grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown and never knew that my parents were detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station -- because they never ever spoke about it.  It wasn't until after my mother passed away in 2003 (at the age of 98) that I found her "coaching book" which my father had prepared.  Knowing what she had studied in preparation for her interrogation, I went down to the National Archives in San Bruno and found a 43 page transcript of her actual interrogation.  It was at the Archives that I discovered that my mother was detained at the AIIS along with 3 siblings in 1936.  I also found out that my father was detained at the AIIS in 1916 when he first arrived in America as a "paper son" at the age of 14.

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