Angel Island Immigrant Gateway to America

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-08-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island immigration station in San Francisco served as the processing and detention center for over one million people from around the world. The majority of newcomers came from China and Japan, but there were also immigrants from India, the Philippines, Korea, Russia, Mexico, and over seventy other countries. The full history of these immigrants and their experiences on Angel Island is told for the first time in this landmark book, published to commemorate the immigration station's 100th anniversary. Based on extensive new research and oral histories, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America examines the great diversity of immigration through Angel Island: Chinese paper sons, Japanese picture brides, Korean refugee students, South Asian political activists, Russian and Jewish refugees, Mexican families, Filipino workers, and many others. Together, their stories offer a more complete and complicated history of immigration to America than we have ever known. Like its counterpart on Ellis Island, the immigration station on Angel Island was one of the country's main ports of entry for immigrants in the early twentieth century. But while Ellis Island was mainly a processing center for European immigrants, Angel Island was designed to detain and exclude immigrants from Asia. The immigrant experience on Angel Island-more than any other site-reveals how U.S. immigration policies and their hierarchical treatment of immigrants according to race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and gender played out in daily practices and decisions at the nation's borders with real consequences on immigrant lives and on the country itself. Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America is officially sponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation.

Author Biography

Erika Lee is Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943.
Judy Yung is Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island and Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xv
A Note on Language and Terminologyp. xxi
Abbreviationsp. xxv
Introductionp. 1
Guarding the Golden Gate: The Life and Business of the Immigration Stationp. 29
˘One Hundred Kinds of Oppressive Laws÷: Chinese Immigrants in the Shadow of Exclusionp. 69
˘Agony, Anguish, And Anxiety÷: Japanese Immigrants on Angel Islandp. 111
˘Obstrcles This Way, Blockades That Way÷: South Asian Immigrants, U.S. Exclusion, and the Gadar Movementp. 145
˘A People Without A Country÷: Korean Refugee Students and Picture Bridesp. 177
In Search of Freedom and Opportunity: Russians and Jews in the Promised Landp. 211
El Norte: Mexican Immigrants on Angel Islandp. 247
From ˘U.S. Nationals÷ To ˘Aliens÷: Filipino Migration and Repatriation through Angel Islandp. 273
Saving Angel Islandp. 299
Epilogue: The Legacy of Angel Islandp. 315
Appendixp. 327
Notesp. 333
Bibliographyp. 373
Indexp. 389
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