By Erika Lee

From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco served because the processing and penitentiary for over 1000000 humans from all over the world. nearly all 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 international locations. the total 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 a hundredth anniversary.

Based on broad new learn and oral histories, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America examines the nice range of immigration via Angel Island: chinese language "paper sons," eastern photo brides, Korean refugee scholars, South Asian political activists, Russian and Jewish refugees, Mexican households, Filipino staff, and so on. jointly, their tales supply a extra whole and complex background of immigration to the USA than we've got 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 used to be almost always a processing middle for ecu immigrants, Angel Island was once designed to detain and exclude immigrants from Asia. The immigrant event on Angel Island-more than the other site-reveals how U.S. immigration guidelines and their hierarchical remedy of immigrants in response to race, ethnicity, type, nationality, and gender performed out in day-by-day practices and judgements on the nation's borders with actual results on immigrant lives and at the state itself.

Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America is formally backed via the Angel Island Immigration Station.

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They had two strikes against them. They did not have the required Japanese passport or identification verifying their status as students, and they were found to be afflicted with hookworm, an excludable medical condition. , recommending that, given their family wealth and strong opposition to Japan, they be given special consideration. In addition, they had the support of the Korean National Association, which was willing to guarantee their stay in America. 5 Soto Shee was not so fortunate, and she received no special consideration on the island.

2 From 1910 to 1940, one million people were processed through the port of San Francisco on their way into or out of the country. S. citizens arriving in the United States. S. 3 Deportees, repatriates, alien stowaways, deserting seamen, and migrants in transit also arrived at and departed from San Francisco during the same time period. About half a million people entered or departed the country through Angel Island. Some, like Wong, were admitted within a few days. Others, like Esther and Catarino Lopez and their three young children, were detained at the immigration station for months before being sent back home to Mexico.

In addition, they had the support of the Korean National Association, which was willing to guarantee their stay in America. 5 Soto Shee was not so fortunate, and she received no special consideration on the island. She arrived at the immigration station from Hong Kong in late July of 1924 with her seven-month-old son, Soon Din. While in detention, Soon Din died suddenly. His body was brought to San Francisco for burial while Soto remained detained at the station. Distraught, she asked to be released from the immigration station on bond to be with her husband.

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