Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America

Angel Island Immigrant Gateway to America From to the Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco served as the processing and detention center for over one million people from around the world The majority of newcomers came

  • Title: Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America
  • Author: Erika Lee Judy Yung
  • ISBN: 9780199734085
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco served as the processing and detention center for over one million people from around the world The majority of newcomers came from China and Japan, but there were also immigrants from India, the Philippines, Korea, Russia, Mexico, and over seventy other countries The full history of these immigrantFrom 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco served as the processing and detention center for over one million people from around the world The majority of newcomers came from China and Japan, but there were also immigrants from India, the Philippines, Korea, Russia, Mexico, and over seventy other countries The full history of these immigrants and their experiences on Angel Island is told for the first time in this landmark book, published to commemorate the immigration station s 100th anniversary 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 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 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.

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    About " Erika Lee Judy Yung "

  • Erika Lee Judy Yung

    I m a writer, teacher, wife, and mom who loves reading and writing I m a historian who still does history the old fashioned way by doing research in the archives and gets excited finding dusty documents, but I m also fully immersed in the 21st century as a twitterstorian who is helping to build a digital archive of immigrant digital stories I write about immigrants, Asian Americans, and race as a way to understand America in the past and present I write history from the bottom up, focusing on everyday people and their role in American life, and I believe that history matters What we understand about our past shapes both our identities and our actions today I grew up in the Bay Area, went to college in Boston, moved back to Berkeley for graduate school and have lived in Minneapolis for seventeen years I ve had the privilege of writing and publishing three books and have been thrilled to see them being used in classrooms, in museum exhibits, in children s books, and as resources for other scholars I read a lot for work mostly academic books and articles for my own research but I also read a lot of memoirs and autobiographies to use in the classroom In my downtime, I love reading and re reading Jane Austen, J.K Rowling, and books about travel I especially love reading with my two sons and am very proud to have read the entire Harry Potter series aloud complete with different voices to them.


  • Well worth reading -- deeply researched history of the many who passed through Angel Island on their way to landing on the mainland U.S many who were sent home before they could get off the island, and some who were deported. The Chinese immigrants were the most numerous, and they left the most poignant record -- poems in the classical style carved into the wooden walls -- but so many others came through as well: Japanese picture brides, Indians organizing for independence, Filipinos caught in l [...]

  • This is a must read book for anyone serious about US immigration history. Not the 'Ellis Island' of the west coast as some believe, Angel Island was the guarded 'gateway to America,' guarded with exclusion laws and racial biased tests and examinations. The authors gave each immigrant group their own chapter and never shied from comparing them.I found Chapters 1, 2, and 6 about Chinese, Japanese, and later Jewish and Russian immigration,all which I'm most familiar, well written and researched. Ch [...]

  • It took me a while to get through it. I wish that the authors would not have began with the Chinese experience, but I can understand why they did, as the Chinese were by far the largest group to be processed (and most likely to be detained for long periods of time). One of them, Judy Yung, whom I saw give a presentation on the book and Angel Island last year, had a personal connection: her father was detained on the island.

  • Wonderful book for history buffs! If you thought only Asian immigrants entered via Angel Island, this book is a must read! Fascinating to read the multitudes entering through Angel Island! And, as much as the United States thinks they have embraced the different cultures with immigration, much is still to be learned! Very well written.

  • Angel Island in San Francisco Bay was the main immigrant processing station on the west coast from 1910 to 1940. The authors trace US immigration by following the history of seven groups that came through Angel Island during that time--Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, Korean, Russians and Jews, Mexicans, and Filipinos. I like history that looks at individual experiences and this book tells the stories of many individuals and families that illuminate the impacts of racism and immigration laws. I t [...]

  • In the concluding chapter of the book, the authors state, "Angel Island's history continues to be timely and relevant." For me that summarizes why reading this book inflamed my irritation with our politics on immigration today. I naively thought that our immigration policy mess was a fairly recent phenomenon. I was wrong. This book documents the unfair treatment and discriminatory practices employed by government workers, reported in the press, and favored by many in the public sector, over 100 [...]

  • Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America shows you through a different perspective of mistreatment and racism. It tells the story through different perspectives of people with different races who take you through the telling of their experience at Angel Island. Not only do others jump right into the interviews but they also give you background information on how Angel Island came to be. Before I read this book, I only thought that African Americans were mistreated but that's not the truth. Thi [...]

  • Well researched, well written historic account of immigration intake at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco. Unromanticized accounts about the Chinese (largest) immigration and the arbitrary nature of holding and interrogating people at the station. The authors also describe the arrivals of Koreans, Russians, Jews, Mexicans and Filipinos concluding with present day ordeals of prospective immigrants held in detention. Good perspective of current immigration practices with an eye [...]

  • Perfect book to read right after this election. An insightful, comprehensive history of immigration through Angel Island and how it affected different ethnic groups. The last section was actually the most moving for me, when the authors compare immigration then to now. We haven't come very far, and in most ways we've gone backwards. It's disturbing that I never even heard of Angel Island until recently, and didn't know much at all about what non-white immigrants in history have experienced in co [...]

  • This book is a fantastic look at the complexities of immigration in American history. There are so many aspects that were discussed (primarily regarding Asian [South, East, and Southeast] immigration into the United States) that I had never heard of before because they are never brought to our attention, especially during mandatory schooling. These are things most people have to go out of their way to learn, which is absurd; this is our history, and we need to acknowledge it.

  • Angel Island was to Asian Americans what Ellis Island was to European Americans. The authors give a history of the immigration facility at Angel Island and tell the stories of many immigrants who the US through that facility. A good look at Asian immigration during the first half of the twenith century.

  • Well researched and easy to read. I appreciated that this book looked at all (or almost all) of the immigrant groups that came through Angel Island, rather than focusing only on the Chinese and the exclusion acts (although the authors do spend a significant chunk on Chinese immigration). The chapter about South Asian immigration is particularly enlightening.

  • Very important book. 3.5 stars in reality. I loved the focus of using different countries as chapter content. I went to Angel Island for a bike ride in 2005. None of the memorials were there yet, so now I am itching to return!

  • Very interesting. Although the point of the book was the experience it was interesting to see the progression of the modern visa system and the current border patrol that the United States uses today. Even if it came out of some of the worse experiences people could have coming to America.

  • Well-researched but not entertaining. Scattershot approach to individual stories so no emotional investment. An important but colorless addition to the historical record of immigration to California and beyond.

  • 3.5 stars. needs a more accurate rating system. Excellent research. Sort of gets bogged down in minutiae. Really worth the read, however.

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