Program Four - Segment One: Angel Island

From 1892 to 1924, 20 million immigrants were welcomed to America  through Ellis Island of New York City. But on the other side of the country, at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay, thousands of immigrants faced detention for weeks and months. From 1910-1940, during the time that the Angel Island Immigration Station was in operation, Asian immigrants were locked up in stark barracks and many endured lengthy interrogations by officials.  This was not the welcome most had envisioned.     


Casey Lee, Erika Gee, Professor Judy Yung, Dale Ching. Thanks to the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

Produced by Dmae Roberts


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Further Internet Resources:


Chan, Sucheng. Asian Americans, An Interpretive History. Twayne Publishers, 1993

Hing, Bill Ong. Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy 1850-1990. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1993.

Hing, Bill Ong. Defining America Through Immigration Policy. Temple University Press, 2004.

Lai, Him Mark, Genny Lim and Judy Yung.  Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1980

Lai, Him Mark. Becoming Chinese American: A History of Communities and Institutions.  New York: Alta Mira Press, 2004

Takaki, Ronald.  A History of Asian Americans: Strangers From a Different Shore.  Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1998.

Yung, Judy.  Unbound Voices: A Documentary History of Chinese Women in San Francisco. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1999.

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