Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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Thousands Attend Immigrant Heritage Wall Dedication

Although the morning started out as a typical San Francisco summer day with fog and low clouds, sunshine burst out over the Immigration Station as the crowd of 1,500 people gathered for the dedication of the Immigrant Heritage Wall.  With a flurry of notes from his flute, Francis Wong heralded the opening of the ceremony as Melody Takata performed classical Japanese dance in a new work entitled, "Arrival."  


Angel Island Immigrant Heritage Wall: An American Celebration

Visitors to the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park are drawn to cast iron bell on the faux wharf. Set against the gentle waves lapping on the shore, the bell looms up like a beacon. It was a constant presence for the immigrants who were detained at the Immigration Station between 1910 and 1940. Throughout the night, it rang out its warning to passing ships and reminded those waking from sleep of their isolation on this beautiful but sad isle.


A Plea to Support Lenora Lee's new dance work "Reflections"

One of the highlights of last July's centennial celebration at the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island was a excerpt from "Passages," a multi-media dance work based on Lenora Lee's grandmother's Angel Island experience.  As she embarks on a new project, we would like to share her message to you.
Please give her your generous support. Thank you.

Save the date: 2011 Annual Gala

Mark your calendar for AIISF's second annual Immigrant Heritage Awards on Saturday, October 1 at the Intercontinental San Francisco Hotel.

Confirmed honorees this year will be California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard, who is an immigrant from Indonesia and Holland; small business owners and philanthropists May and Sinclair Louie; Andrew Ly, who has built Sugar Bowl Bakery into an award winning small business employing over 300 people; and Jewish Family and Children's Services, which has been helping Jewish immigrants to the Bay Area for over 150 years.

AIISF's famous live auction will once again feature a behind the scenes tour at Hearst Castle, vacations and other great prizes, and we will also have a fabulous raffle again this year.

For sponsoring opportunities and ticket information, contact Grant Din at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 415-262-4433.


Historic Rural Chinatown on NTHP's Endangered List

Our friends and colleagues at the National Trust for Historic Preservation have alerted us to the designation of China Alley in Hanford, California on the list of endangered sites.  As you know there are very few rural Chinatowns left in the U.S.  Located in the central valley of California, China Alley currently has a restored Taoist Temple, which is the locus on community celebrations such as the Moon Festival. Restoring other buildings in China Alley will help our nation remember the valuable contributions of Chinese laborers who built this community and made lasting contributions to the area.

Here is the full transcript of the NTHP's press release on all the endangered sites.


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