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Historic Rural Chinatown on NTHP's Endangered List

Our friends and colleagues at the National Trust for Historic Preservation have alerted us to the designation of China Alley in Hanford, California on the list of endangered sites.  As you know there are very few rural Chinatowns left in the U.S.  Located in the central valley of California, China Alley currently has a restored Taoist Temple, which is the locus on community celebrations such as the Moon Festival. Restoring other buildings in China Alley will help our nation remember the valuable contributions of Chinese laborers who built this community and made lasting contributions to the area.

Here is the full transcript of the NTHP's press release on all the endangered sites.


SF Students Enjoy Immigration Station Tours via AT&T grant

In May, over 200 students, parents and teachers had the opportunity to enjoy a ferry ride and tour of the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park.  Through a grant to AIISF from AT&T, students from 4th grade classes at Hillcrest Elementary School in the Bayview district and Spring Valley Science School in Chinatown/North Beach were able to learn about an important chapter in U.S. history and enjoy the wonders of Angel Island.  


All Aboard for July 23 Wall Dedication Ceremony at Angel Island State Park

Thank you for all the donations that made the Immigrant Heritage Wall a reality. For generations to come, this wall will serve as a reminder of the perseverance of our immigrant ancestors and the contributions they made to building a better America.  Please download this flyer to share with friends and family.


Reflections on the Angel Island Poems

AIISF is happy to reprint a blog entry from Lantern Review by Mia Ayumi Malhotra, who is a MFA candidate at the University of Washington.  She is the associate editor of Lantern Review: A Journal of Asian American Poetry.  Mia's work explores the intersections of family,history, and cultural memory.

By Mia Ayumi Malhotra

Last May, the Lantern Review Blog featured the Angel Island poems in our APIA Heritage Month “Poetry in History” series.  In the post, Iris explains:

Often called the “Ellis Island of the West,” Angel Island served as the site for processing as many as 175,000 Chinese immigrants from 1910-1940.

Detainees were separated by gender [and ethnicity!] and locked up in crowded barracks while they awaited questioning, for weeks or months — sometimes, for years — at a time. To pass the time, many immigrants wrote or carved poems into the soft wood of the barrack walls.


Christmas Eve At Angel Island

The following article, “Christmas Eve at Angel Island,” was written in December 1927 by Edna Deu Pree Nelson, who was the editor of the Foshay Spot Light, a monthly publication of a utility company headquartered in Minneapolis.  She accompanied a friend on a visit to San Francisco and wrote this article for her company’s magazine.  We want to thank her niece Marilyn Felland for submitting this article to AIISF.



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