From time to time, we will post articles found in newspapers, magazines, and websites about the U.S. Immigration Station on Angel Island. The links and articles in this section point to these publications' websites. The views expressed in those articles reflect the opinions of the authors solely.
If These Walls Could Talk: Angel Island's Chinese Immigration Tales
In San Francisco’s Bay, Angel Island Immigration Station opened for public tours in February 2009, nearly 70 years after the “Ellis Island of the West” shut down. Leading up to WWII, about one million immigrants were detained on the island for months, sometimes years, trying to get into the U.S. Humiliating exams and poor, crowded living conditions led many to carve heart-wrenching poems into the barracks’ wooden walls. Read the article here.
US Immigration History Preserved on Angel Island
The Associated Press released both a print story and a video essay about the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island in late January. It has been picked up in Denver, Boston, San Diego, Seattle, Fresno, Raleigh/Durham, and many other cities. You can find the AP video story here or by typing in Angel Island in Youtube.com and you'll see the story "US Immigration History Preserved on Angel Island."
On Angel Island, the walls really talk
One of the most thoughtful and thorough articles about the U.S.Immigration Station, Angel Island was printed on the front page of the L.A. Times on February 13, 2009. Written by Mary L. LaGanga, a child of Italian immigrants, the article "On Angel Island, the walls really talk" is a must-read. Read the article here.
Angel Island Immigration Station prepared for February opening
The Marin Independent-Journal's Mark Prado filed this story about the restoration of the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island on December 10, 2008. The Marin Independent Journal posted a short video of detainee Don Lee as he toured the Detention Barrack on November 15. External Link
Bitter memories of Ellis Island of the West
Veteran San Francisco Chronicle journalist Carl Nolte has followed the Angel Island story for many years. Here's a link to his December 10, 2008 coverage of the upcoming reopening of the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island. External Link