Remembering Angel Island

Image Courtesy of U.S. National Archives & Records Administration, College Park, MD.

June 16, 2010 – Dec. 18, 2011

Remembering Angel Island exhibition commemorates the 100th year anniversary of the opening of Angel Island Immigration Station through its history, legacy, and unforgettable stories. Constructed in 1910 in the heart of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island Immigration Station processed more than one million immigrants from over 80 countries—including 175,000 Chinese—during its 30 years of operations before burning down in 1940.

Though often nicknamed “The Ellis Island of the West,” the mission of Angel Island served an entirely different purpose than its East Coast counterpart, particularly for Chinese immigrants. The passage of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act subjected many Chinese to intense interrogation and detention on Angel Island that lasted weeks, months, and sometimes even years. The ordeal of this experience left an indelible mark in the lives of Chinese immigrants that forever changed the course of America’s history.

Remembering Angel Island provides a bracing look into the hope and heartache of this seminal chapter of America’s immigrant history through historic photographs, a reproduction of a poem carved on the barracks of Angel Island, coaching papers, artifacts, and a multi-media station featuring a mock interrogation and personal stories of those who endured or were profoundly affected by the Angel Island experience.
Read about the exhibit as featured in the Los Angeles Times.

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Click here for the exhibit press release [pdf]

Special Thanks to our Angel Island Exhibit Donors: (List as of May 7, 2010)

Benefactor Level ($1,000 and above)
Annie Jeng
Buck Gee
Byron Lee
CACA Grand Lodge
CACA Greater San Gabriel Valley
Chung King Properties
Joseph & Flora Ko
Laura Lai
Ronald L. & Lisa L. Moy
Tim & Annie Siu
Dolores Wong
James Bok Wong & Mrs. Betty KC Yeow
Victor Wong
Wei Wong, Esq.

Sponsor Level (up to $500)
Israel & Nadine Soo Hoo Levy
James J & Christiane A Cook
Linda Wah
Nowland C. Hong
The Central City Optimist Club of Los Angeles California
Tim & Cecilia Yu
In memory of Silun Ho and Kamping Chan

Advocate Level (up to $250)
Al & Bibiana Y. Soo-Hoo
Albert & Marjorie Lew
Allison C. Mah
Debra Wong
Dorothy Tamashiro
Edwin Kwoh
Eugene & Susan Moy
Ging Loy & Kam Chun Gin
Greg & Debbie Soo-Hoo
Jean Quan
Joe Quan
Louis E & Lavinia L Kwok
Pauline Wong, Ph.D.
Perry & Alice Lew
Randolph & Karolynne A. Gee
Raymond & Elsie S. Chan

Supporter Level (up to $100)
Charles Wong
Peter & Linda Yao
Donna Young
Gene W. & Nancy Choy
John & Ginger Fong
Sharon Chow
May Jang
Doré Hall Wong
Dennis Soo-Hoo
Desmond Lew
Jean Bruce Poole
Saykin Foo, CPA
Peter & Lucy Soo-Hoo, Jr.
Angi Ma Wong
Michael Fong
Jan Lin
Ed Lew
Diane Tan
Gene & Alma Chin
M. Michael & Lisa A. Deaderick
Dr. Wayne Flicker & Janice Lew
A.Y. & C.Q. Chow
Dean & Nellie Jew
Pearl Lee
Patricia Q. & Debra Eng
David A. & Linda L. Dow
Stephen & Nancy Pang
Bob Gin
Ava Lee
Frankie F. Yan
Jimmy M. & Dale A. Gin
Samuel Joe
Peter J. Wong and Patricia Kinaga
Howard Chin
Randy & Vickie Hom
Roy & Daisy Chan
Agnes Fung
Emily C. Mayeda
Janice Ng
Cynthia Woo
Wei C. Wong, Esq.
Heather Lee-Yoshioka
Richard Ferrante