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Gong., Tom L : Life in America by Linda Gong
Year of Arrival 1936

Like many Chinese immigrants, Tom L. Gong arrived at Angel Island in 1936 as a “paper son.”  He came as Kong Leung Quong, a 14 year old boy, but he was actually 16 years old.  After a long life of work, he settled in Watsonville with his wife Edna, raised a family, and became a community leader actively involved in the Fah Yuen Association and the Sam Yick Association.

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Haskin, Henry and Miriam : Profile of Henry and Miriam Haskin  by Kimberly Jew and edited by Eddie Wong
Year of Arrival 1916

AIISF is very pleased to present the story of Henry and Miriam Haskin, Russian Jewish immigrants, who came to San Francisco in the early part of the 20th century.  We wish to thank Gretchen Haskin and Ernie Haskin for sharing their remembrances of the family and the wonderful photographs that accompany this story.

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Hernandez de Policarpo, Reyna : A Journey to Los Angeles for a Better Future by Victoria Gurrola
Year of Arrival 1989

The United States has served as a beacon of hope for immigrants for centuries.  Immigrant populations vary by state and city location. Current political debate has brought attention to high immigration rates to the United States from Mexico, backed by Conservative attacks on illegal immigration specifically.  Like many immigrants to America, Mexican immigrant hopefuls saw, and still see, America as a land of opportunity.

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Hishida, George : George Hishida – A Life in Photography Interrupted by World War II by Grant Din
Year of Arrival 1913

George Mioya Hishida immigrated to the United States from Fukushima, Japan in 1913 and developed a thriving photography business in Fresno. Unfortunately, reports from a misguided informant resulted in his arrest and internment away from his family for over a year during World War II.  This story includes a copy of a rare letter he wrote from Angel Island requesting his release, copies of letters from his wife and daughter, and insights from his daughter Grayce. For more information on Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II, visit our website here.

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Hoh, Harry Sai and Woo Shee : Harry Sai Hoh (Hoh Sai Hoo) and Woo Shee Hoh by Laurene Wu McClain
Year of Arrival 1918

This biography is based on a) stories that were told to me by various family members, b) statements from my grandparents’ immigration papers preserved at the United States National Archives in San Bruno, California, c) information from an oral history that I took of my mother Helen Hoh Wu, in 1993, and d) my own remembrances of these grandparents who nurtured me as a young girl and woman growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Hong, Robert : A True Chinese American Story by AIISF
Year of Arrival 1936

Filmmaker Jeffrey Chin contributes this introductory segment of a three-part series on Robert Hong, a former detainee, who was 11 years old in 1936 when he first landed on Angel Island. Stay tuned for more segments in the weeks ahead.

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Honigberg, Zelik, Rajzla Matla, and Bronislaw : From Warsaw to San Francisco by Larisa Proulx
Year of Arrival 1941

On May 10th, 1941 the Honigberg Family: Zelik, Rajzla Matla, and Bronislaw, arrived in San Francisco, California and were held at an immigration facility on 801 Silver Avenue. Here they were detained, interrogated, and inspected by U.S. Immigration Officials due to ‘suspicion’ concerning the family’s paid passage to the United States. Immigration officials stated that not only did they need to verify who paid for their steamship tickets to the United States, but that they also needed to verify the family’s ability to sustain themselves financially while residing in the country. The family’s interrogation on Silver Avenue was just one of the many challenges for the Honigberg family in finally obtaining their liberty and safety.

 

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Horn, Fong : From China to the Keystone State by Jennie A. Horn
Year of Arrival 1922

Daughter Jennie Horn provides a vivid description of her father’s interrogation and detention on Angel Island. Her article transports the reader back to 1922 when two paper brothers boarded the S.S.Nanking in Hong Kong and set off on a journey that would end in Pennsylvania.

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Hoshida, George Yoshio and Tamae : The Hoshidas’ Journeys Through Angel Island during World War II by Grant Din
Year of Arrival 1912

Hilo residents George Yoshio Hoshida and Tamae Hoshida both traveled through Angel Island during World War II. George was one of 109 Japanese immigrants branded as “enemy aliens” and sent from Hawai'i who arrived on a ship in San Francisco and then Angel Island in May of 1942. They were on their way to Department of Justice and U.S. Army internment camps in Texas and New Mexico. Tamae left one daughter behind in Hawai`i, traveled with three of her children to join George in a U.S. concentration camp in Jerome, Arkansas, but had to wait nearly a year before he was released from the Santa Fe camp to join her. Tamae and her children briefly stopped on Angel Island on their way to Arkansas. For more information on Japanese Americans on Angel Island during World War II, visit our website here.

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Hsu, Ming Chen : A Life in Government Service and Job Creation by Grant Din
Year of Arrival 1944

AIISF Board Member Ming Chen Hsu’s life has been one of enormous challenges, great adventures, and substantial professional achievement. She has been a pioneer in her field and served under many government administrations when there were few women or Asians in these positions. Born in Beijing, China, she attended schools in China and Singapore. When the Japanese invaded China in 1937, her family was in danger because her father was in the Chinese government. They fled Beijing and were able to stay one step ahead of the Japanese. After moving to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chunking, and Kunming, Ming eventually left China alone in the hopes of studying in the United States.

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Huey, Sam Herbert : Stories from our Father, Sam Herbert Huey (aka Sam Shu Huey), an Angel Island Immigrant by the Huey children
Year of Arrival 1923

Known to family and friends as "Herb," Sam Shu Huey lived an interesting and accomplished life.  Arriving on Angel Island when he was 10 years old, Sam endured two months of questioning before being reunited with his father.  Years later he served in the U.S. Army until 1952 when he was discharged with the rank of Major. A career as a civil engineer followed.  In his retirement years, Herb remained actively engaged in the Asian American community.

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Ide, Nentaro (also Mantaro, Toshitaro) : Nentaro Ide's Detention at the Age of 75 by Grant Din
Year of Arrival 1901

Nentaro Ide was arrested in Concord, CA in 1942 despite being 75 years old and hardly a threat to the United States. One reason for his arrest was his prior involvement in the martial art of kendo, and his membership in a Japanese Association in Concord, California. While detained in New Mexico, he had a stroke and passed away shortly after World War II ended.

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Inaba, Toshiko : Banned from America for Marrying an Alien Ineligible to Citizenship: The Case of Toshiko Inaba by Judy Yung
Year of Arrival 1928

On September 3, 1928, twenty-year-old Toshiko Inaba arrived in San Francisco with her eighteen-year-old brother Akira.  Both were kibeis (born in the U.S. but educated in Japan) who held birth certificates proving their right to return to the U.S.  However, while Akira was readily admitted, Toshiko was denied admission on the grounds that she had lost her U.S. citizenship by marrying Tatorao Yamamoto, an “alien ineligible to citizenship,” while in Japan.  It didn’t matter that the marriage had been annulled within a few months and that she had never lived with him as man and wife.  She would spend the next sixteen months on Angel Island, waiting for the results of her appeal to the Secretary of Labor in Washington, D.C., the U.S. District Court, and finally, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  A victim of racist and sexist immigration and nationality laws, Toshiko Inaba was deported back to Japan on January 15, 1930.

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