Angel Island history
I am seeking Chinese immigrants who were detained at Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco Bay. I am interviewing them and photographing them at their homes around the country.
I am creating a permanent record of the memories of these immigrants. It is a traveling photo exhibition with quotes from the former detainees.
So far, the interviews I have done have shown hardships, racial discrimination and sometimes-long interrogations. But the people also made a lot of efforts to lead normal lives while being detained. A lot of young children actually made new friends and played games to pass the time at Angel Island.
This is a national project I am freelancing independently. I am racing the clock because the former detainees are aging.
I am a professional journalist and have worked for several daily newspapers and magazines.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know was detained at Angel Island and is still alive. The only restriction I have is that the person must still be living.
Most of the detainees I have interviewed so far have been at least 60 years old, Cantonese and immigrated between 1910-1950.
This project is important to continue while these Chinese elders are still living. Angel Island immigration station is a little-known aspect of U.S. history.
Thanks for your support!