Unknown discoveries written by Japanese Angel Island immigrants come to light

VOICES OF ANGEL ISLAND: INSCRIPTIONS AND IMMIGRANT POETRY, 1910-1945 By Charles Egan (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, 342 pp., $108 hard cover / $86.40 ebook) The Chinese poetry carved in the walls of the former U.S. immigration station on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay is known by visitors and scholars, and played a large part in the buildings being saved for future generations. What is less known is that Japanese, Korean, Russian, Punjabi and other immigrants also […]

Supervisor proposes resolution to maintain ferry service to Angel Island as operator seeks to end it

With the Blue & Gold Fleet possibly ending its ferry service from San Francisco to Angel Island, Supervisor Gordon Mar on May 4 called for a resolution supporting continued service to the island to honor the estimated one million immigrants who were once detained there. Blue & Gold Fleet announced in December that it was […]

My tsuru

I am a member of Tsuru for Solidarity. I am not an activist, nor am I a trained artist, but I have painted 12 large tsuru (paper cranes) of various sizes. I paint because it gives me pleasure and a way to express myself. Last year, like many Japanese Americans, I began by folding hundreds […]

Ferry service to Angel Island from SF may end due to declining sales

Blue and Gold Fleet service from San Francisco to Angel Island may end due to declining sales, a company spokeswoman said Dec. 18. In September, the company filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission to discontinue service, raising concerns at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, which aims to make people more aware […]

A history book for our times

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States By Erika Lee (New York: Basic Books, 2019, 432 pp., $32, hard cover) Erika Lee’s new book, “America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States,” is one that speaks to our times. Well-respected among academics, Lee is among the foundational historians […]

Newsom, Bay Area officials deplore new immigration rule

Gov. Gavin Newsom and an array of Bay Area officials on Aug. 12 deplored a new rule by President Donald Trump’s administration that will make it harder for low-income legal immigrants to extend their stays or seek permanent residency. “This is a reckless policy that targets the health and well-being of immigrant families and communities […]

Histories of loss and leaving

SKY COUNTRY By Christine Kitano (Rochester, N.Y.: BOA Editions Ltd., 2017, 104 pp., paperback) Ithaca College professor Christine Kitano’s “Sky Country” is a thought-provoking collection of poems that speak to Kitano’s mixed Korean-Japanese background. She organizes her book of poetry thematically into five sections each interwoven with the personal and collective histories of Korean and […]

Preserving family histories for the future: Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage

Although Japanese Americans now thrive across the United States, approximately 85,000 of them first stepped foot on the U.S. mainland after stopping at the U.S. Immigration Station on Angel Island. In an effort to reclaim that part of Nikkei history, the Nichi Bei Foundation held its fourth Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage Oct. 13 on the […]

NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: The Angel Island story of Kane Mineta, Norman Mineta’s mother

(Editor’s Note: The following article was published on the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation’s Website, www.aiisf.org). Americans know Norman Mineta as the first Asian American in a presidential cabinet, when he was secretary of commerce under President Bill Clinton, secretary of transportation under George Bush, where he took decisive action after the attacks of 9/11, […]

Asian American DACA recipients await congressional action

LOS ANGELES — Since September, undocumented adults living in America legally through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been in a state of limbo. When the Trump administration last year announced March 5 as the end of the Obama-signed program that protects from deportation the so-called “Dreamer” children who entered the United States […]

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