by Benjamin Fong
Veteran Antioch elementary school teacher, Benjamin Fong, recounts his arrival on Angel Island at age 5, his settlement in Oakland Chinatown, his military service and educational career.
At age five, I came to the United States with my brother, who was 14 years older than me. The journey is still vivid in my mind due to the contrast between village life and city life.
I remember leaving Hong Kong with color streamers going out from our ship, people waving to us and a lot of fanfare. I was very impressed by the Golden Gate Bridge as we sailed under it. I was puzzled by the vehicles not crashing going in opposite directions.
Place of Origin
Hong Kong, China
Place of Settlement