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Immigration Dialogues at Angel Island

Thu Nov 16 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Host: Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Who is an American? Who do we include or exclude? On our eastern shores, the Statue of Liberty stands tall as a beacon of hope, and its words ("Give my your tired, your poor . . .") have guided our own national identity as an immigrant nation, forming the very core of who we are as Americans. Despite this, our nation has always had a very complicated relationship with immigrants and immigration. On the West Coast of the United States, the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island was built to keep people out--namely Chinese, and other Asians. As a result, between 1910 and 1940, one hundred thousand Chinese immigrants were detained at Angel Island.

These immigrants carved hundreds of poems on the walls of the detention barracks and they stand today as a primary source testifying to a more challenging American immigrant experience. Experience Angel Island Immigration Station, a National Historic Landmark, whose walls are a primary source "document" for teaching about immigration, and participate in a dialogue on immigration which can serve as a model for a classroom dialogue.

This clinic includes a one-mile hike to the Immigration Station, with van service available for those who need it.  Lunch is included.


NOTE:  Attendees are on their own to reach Pier 41, to catch the ferry to Angel Island.

Katherine Toy, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Casey Dexter-Lee, California State Parks, Tiburon, CA