Immigrant Voices Featured Story: Kim Hey Soo

Korean bride Kim Hey Soo arrived in San Francisco, aboard S.S. China, 100 years ago on October 1, 1917. She had officially come to join her prospective husband in Dinuba, California, but she also dreamed of continuing her education in the U.S. Her father's wish was for her to follow a traditional path to marriage in Korea, but her mother was sympathetic to her daughter’s ambitions and arranged for her first-class passage to the U.S. without her father’s permission. Kim Hey Soo’s American story is one of loss, family and a lifelong devotion with her compatriots to the fight for independence of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. 

Across Generations premiere

Students from both sides of the bay premiered their "Across Generations" videos to 200 people at the Asian Art Museum on July 22. See all five short videos of seniors from Chinese Vietnamese, Japanese, and Russian backgrounds at our program page.

Immigration Station Highlighted as One of 11 Success Stories in Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is highlighting 11 once-endangered sites that are now thriving and contributing to their communities. The diverse range of places on this list reflect not only their rich history and compelling stories, but also the tireless dedication of the people who brought each place back from the brink. The Immigration Station was named one of the eleven sites on May 10, 2017.

State Budget Provides Final Funding to Make  Pacific Coast Immigration Center at  Angel Island State Park a Reality for Californians

We are pleased to announce that the state budget that Governor Brown signed in late June 2017 includes $2.95 million to complete the renovations of the former hospital building. It will become the Angel Island State Park Pacific Coast Immigration Center, and tell the story of West Coast immigration before, during, and after the Angel Island period.

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Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of the experience of Immigration into America through the Pacific. AIISF collects and preserves the rich stories and personal journeys of thousands of immigrants, and shares them with visitors and everyone living in America through education initiatives and public programs.   Angel Island Immigration Station reminds us of the complicated history of immigration in America.  It serves as a symbol of our willingness to learn from our past to ensure that our nation keeps its promise of liberty and freedom.