Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 1 – 4 pm - Island by Judy Yung book launch
Join us to celebrate the publication of the second edition of ISLAND with an afternoon of poetry reading and storytelling at Chinese Culture Center, Grand Ballroom, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco. A reception and book signing will follow the program. Admission is free, no RSVP necessary. Click here to watch the book trailer.

The first edition of ISLAND is an in-depth study and translation of 135 poems inscribed by detainees in the barracks at the Immigration Station at Angel Island. This work is key in efforts to understand the experiences and emotions of people detained at Angel Island. It also inspired and motivated many to help with the preservation and restoration of the site. The second edition has been updated and expanded to include a new historical introduction, 150 poems in Chinese and English translation (including new poems from Ellis Island and Victoria B.C.), 20 full oral histories and dozens of new photographs.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 6-10 pm - AIISF Benefit 2015, Honoring Immigrant Heroes and Celebrating Immigrant Voices
Location: Westin St. Francis, San Francisco
We hope you will join us on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 6-10 pm at the Westin St. Francis, San Francisco. Don't miss our celebration of immigrant heroes and our Immigration Heritage Award. More updates to come.

Past Events

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - Japanese American Pilgrimage to Angel Island
Sponsored by the Nichi Bei Weekly, co-sponsored AIISF; We hope you can attend this Japanese American Pilgrimage to Angel Island, which will feature a reenactment of a Japanese immigrant woman's experiences on the island by members of the San Francisco Japanese American Citizens League, poetry from the Japanese press circa 1910-1920 found by Professor Charles Egan, and new findings about the use of Angel Island as a site for Japanese immigrants on their way to Department of Justice internment camps during World War II by AIISF staff member Grant Din. Click here for the save the date flyer.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 11-3 pm - AIISF Family History and Reunion Day
Location: U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island
Come join AIISF and Angel Island State Park for a Family History/Reunion Day on July 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the island. We will feature a one-woman show by Lily Tung Crystal about the life of pioneer Angel Island interpreter Tye Leung Schulze; and researchers Eugina Bailey, Linda Harms Okazaki, and Kay Speaks, who will share what they’ve learned about their Chinese, Japanese and Russian Angel Island ancestors. For more information including transportation, food options, and how to get free Open House tickets that day for the barracks, click here. We encourage families to get together on the island that day!

Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 11 am - 6pm - 10th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration
Location: Civic Center/Little Saigon, San Francisco CA
Check out the Faces of Asia cultural procession, the Healthy Living Pavilion, food and goodie vendors, local non profits (we'll be there!) and much more at this annual celebration of Asian and Asian American heritage and culture. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 11:30 am - 1pm - East Bay Fundraising Luncheon
Location: Lake Chalet Seafood and Grill, Oakland CA
Our first East Bay fundraising luncheon honoring retired educator and former detainee Li Keng Wong and the Gee Wong Family of Oakland Chinatown. We will raise $20,000 to support our youth education and storytelling work from attendees and those who want to honor Li Keng, the Gee-Wong Family and our work since 1983 to make these unheard voices sing, and unknown stories shine.

Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 from 11 am - 4 pm - San Francisco History Expo
Location: San Francisco Mint building, 88 Fifth Street at Mission
Come explore San Francisco's past with us and over fifty other historical organizations at the historic San Francisco Mint building, 88 Fifth Street at Mission. AIISF's Grant Din will present "Angel Island Immigration and the 1906 Earthquake and Fire: A Personal History" on Sunday the 2nd at 1pm. Don't miss this presentation about how larger events changed Grant's own family history. We'll also have a table from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, and 11am to 4pm on Sunday - stop by and see us!

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