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Artists Interpret the Angel Island experience

One of the most gratifying developments this year has been the creative works celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Angel Island Immigration Station.  Earlier this year, composer Chen Yi's choral work, "Passages," was performed by the San Francisco Girls Chorus with visual accompaniment by filmmaker Felicia Lowe.  The following are special presentations you won't want to miss.


A Perspective on Immigration Reform

With the passage of national health care reform completed, many immigrant advocates are urging Congress to revive efforts for comprehensive immigration reform. Their hopes were boosted on April 10, 2010 as the U.S. Senate majority leader, Harry Reid told a cheering crowd of 6,000 people, "We're going to come back; we're going to have comprehensive immigration reform now." Congress returned from spring recess on April 12.


In Appreciation of Loni Ding: Filmmaker, Activist, Teacher

by Eddie Wong

Loni Ding died on Saturday, February 20, 2010 in Berkeley.  She touched many people in different ways. As a teacher, she inspired first-time producers and veteran filmmakers with her unrelenting curiosity and deep commitment to telling difficult and disturbing social realities.  As an activist, she had a tenacious determination to win social justice and put in the long hours needed behind the scenes.  As a filmmaker, she showed us how the Asian American experience helped shape American history.
Among the many films Loni wrote, produced and directed was Island of Secret Memories, a short narrative that takes a young boy back in time to encounter his grandfather at the Angel Island Immigration Station.  For thousands of school children, Loni's film was their first introduction to the hardships faced by Chinese immigrants.

We will miss Loni Ding not only for her gifts as a story-teller and truth-seeker, but for her irrepressible spirit, full of optimism and kindness as we make our way to a progressive future.

The funeral services will take place at the Green Street Mortuary, 649 Green Street, San Francisco on Sunday,March 14 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Center for Educational Telecommunications and sent to 1940 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709. Funds will be used to complete Part III of Loni's film, Ancestors in the Americas.

Donald Bybee, Project Manager Extraordinaire, Bids Farewell to Angel Island

It was nearly ten years ago that Donald Bybee, Senior Architect for the California State Parks, began to plan the restoration of the Immigration Station. Under his watchful eye, the Detention Barracks were stabilized, the precious poetry preserved and a master plan was developed for the entire site.  Working closely with AIISF staff, Don was instrumental in the application for funding from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment and from Congress through the federal appropriations process.  

His stated plans now include "padding around in fuzzy slippers," but I'm sure we can entice him back to Angel Island from time to time as our resident architectural guru.  Every project needs one, and Don is simply the best. His quite manner, easy temperament, and meticulous attention to detail have brought us a fully restored Detention Barracks.  As he exits, his plans for stabilizing the hospital will be implemented this spring.  Enjoy your retirement, Don; you've earned it.

Saving Our Legacy of Angel Island

by Connie Young Yu

During the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Immigration Station, AIISF President Buck Gee paid tribute to the founders of the Angel Island restoration and preservation effort, particularly  Connie Young Yu and Christopher Chow,  who were in the audience.. This article explains how the Immigration Station was saved from destruction. 

Connie Young Yu is the vice-president of the Chinese Historical Society of America and a founding member of the Angel Island Immigration Station Historical Advisory Committee.


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