Immigrant Gateway to America
Publication Date: August 2010
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Based on extensive new research and oral histories, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America examines the great diversity of immigration through Angel Island: Chinese "paper sons," Japanese picture brides, Korean refugee students, South Asian political activists, Russian and Jewish refugees, Mexican families, Filipino workers, and many others. Together, their stories offer a more complete and complicated history of immigration to America than we have ever known.
Like its counterpart on Ellis Island, the immigration station on Angel Island was one of the country's main ports of entry for immigrants in the early twentieth century. But while Ellis Island was mainly a processing center for European immigrants, Angel Island was designed to detain and exclude immigrants from Asia. The immigrant experience on Angel Island-more than any other site-reveals how U.S. immigration policies and their hierarchical treatment of immigrants according to race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and gender played out in daily practices and decisions at the nation's borders with real consequences on immigrant lives and on the country itself.
Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America is officially sponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station.
Judy Yung, Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is author of the award-winning "Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco" (California, 1995) among other books. Gordon H. Chang, Professor of History at Stanford University, is editor of "Asian Americans and Politics: Perspectives, Experiences, Prospects (2001)"and author of other books. Him Mark Lai, Adjunct Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, is author of "Becoming Chinese American: A History of Communities and Institutions "(2004), and other books.
Thousands of immigrants passed through California's Angel Island before entering the U.S. during the early 1900s -- and few received a warm welcome. Historian Judy Yung shares her father's journey through the island and discusses her book, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America. More at NPR.org
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