Download e-book for kindle: Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America by Erika Lee

By Erika Lee

ISBN-10: 0199734089

ISBN-13: 9780199734085

From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco served because the processing and reformatory for over 1000000 humans from world wide. the vast majority of rookies got here from China and Japan, yet there have been additionally immigrants from India, the Philippines, Korea, Russia, Mexico, and over seventy different nations. the whole heritage of those immigrants and their studies on Angel Island is informed for the 1st time during this landmark e-book, released to commemorate the immigration station's one hundredth anniversary.

Based on wide new examine and oral histories, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America examines the nice range of immigration via Angel Island: chinese language "paper sons," jap photo brides, Korean refugee scholars, South Asian political activists, Russian and Jewish refugees, Mexican households, Filipino employees, and so forth. jointly, their tales supply a extra whole and intricate historical past of immigration to the United States than we have now ever known.

Like its counterpart on Ellis Island, the immigration station on Angel Island used to be one of many country's major ports of access for immigrants within the early 20th century. yet whereas Ellis Island was once frequently a processing heart for eu immigrants, Angel Island used to be designed to detain and exclude immigrants from Asia. The immigrant adventure on Angel Island-more than the other site-reveals how U.S. immigration regulations and their hierarchical therapy of immigrants based on race, ethnicity, category, nationality, and gender performed out in day-by-day practices and judgements on the nation's borders with actual effects on immigrant lives and at the kingdom itself.

Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America is formally subsidized by way of the Angel Island Immigration Station.

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And even though they immigrated to the United States during a period of intense anti-Japanese sentiment, the Japanese had the lowest rejection rates among all the immigrant groups (see Appendix, Table 3). These two contradictory sides of American immigration history are rarely told together. Indeed, for many Americans, the celebratory story of the twelve million immigrants, most of them European, coming through Ellis Island resonates with Emma Lazarus’s famous couplet, “Give me 22 • Angel Island your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” and has come to represent America’s immigration history in its entirety.

S. commissioner for the district of Idaho. They also hired the prominent 30 • Angel Island immigration law firm of Stidger and Stidger to represent them. After enduring months of interrogation and detention, the family was admitted into the country on parole and left the immigration station on August 10, 1916, almost three months after they had arrived with the Lintons in San Francisco.

The “detention shed,” as it came to 10 • Angel Island be known, was a two-story wooden building, measuring only 100 feet by 50 feet. Although it had been built to house 200 inmates, at times it held more than twice that many. Men were held on the ground floor, women on the second. 21 Located at the end of the wharf, where city sewage odors were “most offensive,” the shed was extremely unsanitary. Ventilation was poor, and the inmates often fell sick. A few even died. One immigrant inspector declared the place a “veritable fire trap,” while another referred to the detention shed as having “inhuman” conditions.

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