This is an early cut of an interview of Li Keng Wong by AIISF intern Cathy Huang in September of 2012.
California College of the Arts graduate film student Robert Gomez recently profiled Li Keng Wong for a video installation in the Immigration Station barracks on Angel Island. Li Keng was born in 1926 in Goon Doo Hahng, Hoishan (also known as Toishan), Guangdong, China, and came to the U.S. in 1933 at the age of seven. She grew up in Oakland Chinatown and still lives in the city of Oakland. With her mother and two sisters, she spent five days on Angel Island until they were able to reunite with her father. Li Keng taught elementary school for over thirty-five years and in 2006 wrote a book for young people about her life called Good Fortune: My Journey to Gold Mountain, available through AIISF or Amazon.com, which includes extensive details about her time on the island. Please see Robert Gomez's video about Li Keng, "The Rainbow's End.". See more of Robert Gomez Hernandez's work on his website.
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