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Angel Island Co LogoIntroducing the NEW Angel Island Tour Adventure! The Angel Island Company has been in business since 1995 and specializes in large, group events of 15 or more. One call is all it takes to create a memorable experience for your group. We make it easy for you by coordinating all the arrangements for the round-trip ferry service from either San Francisco or Tiburon, arranging shuttle and/or tram service around the island, reserving space on the NEW United States Immigration Station docent-led tour and providing full service catering and reserved seating for you on the Harbor View Deck. Book your event today with the Angel Island Company by calling 415-897-0715 or click here for more information.

A Tribute to Him Mark Lai

by Felicia Lowe

Him Mark LaiNoted scholar, historian, writer and advisor to the Angel island immigration Station Foundation, Him Mark Lai, passed away on May 21, 2009. A memorial program will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco.   In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the “Him Mark Lai Digital Archive Project” of the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), the “Him Mark Lai Heritage Fund” of the Chinese Culture Foundation (CCF), or Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA).

In memory of Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent Brian O’Neill

by Kathy Lim Ko

Brian O'NeillSuperintendent of the GGNRA since 1986, Brian O’Neill served as a tireless advocate for parks and open spaces.  From childhood, he was a lover of the National Parks and dedicated his life to making parks accessible to all people.  We will always remember Brian’s smiling face and well wishes as he joined us on Angel Island for the Grand Reopening of the Immigration Station on February 15, 2009.  AIISF Board President Kathy Lim Ko offered this tribute to Brian O’Neill.


Immigration Past and Present: A Conversation with Bill Ong Hing

By Greg Marutani, Program Committee, AIISF
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Bill Ong Hing, Professor of Law and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. With the re-opening of Angel Island taking place in 2009, I asked him for his views and thoughts about the significance of Angel Island.
When I asked him why the Chinese wanted to come to the U.S. he said it was in response to war in Asia, rice famines, and the overall poor conditions and they heard about the opportunities for a better way of life in the United States.


By Louis H. Chu


AIISF is proud to reprint Louis H. Chu’s short story, Bewildered, which was published in EASTWIND: Politics and Culture of Asians in the U.S, Spring/Summer 1982. It is a rare account of the detention and interrogation process at the Sansome Street facility, where Chinese and other immigrants were processed after the Angel Island Immigration Station closed in August 1940.

Chinese American novelist Louis Chu (1915-1970) left behind a rich legacy for future generations of Asian American writers.  In his novel Eat a Bowl of Tea, published in 1961, Chu portrayed the conflict between a father and son in New York Chinatown with great insight and feeling.  Recreating in English the rich textures of his native Sze Yup dialect, Chu captured the vitality of Chinese people and made his characters come to life as real, three dimensional human beings.

Chu’s sensitive handling of characters and situations can be seen in this earlier work, “Bewildered,” which is being published for the first time.  “Bewildered” conveys an experience common to many Chinese immigrants – the anxiety that builds while waiting for reunification with one’s family.

We would like to express our gratitude to Mrs. Kang Louie and May Joan Louie for allowing AIISF to share “Bewildered” with you.


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