Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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Nikkei Pilgrimage October 3!

AIISF and the National Japanese American Historical Society are partners with the Nichi Bei Foundation on the second Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage Saturday, October 3. There will be historic presentations including a dramatic production, exhibits on Japanese immigrant history on Angel Island, free genealogy help, and an open house at the Immigration Station.

For more information and ferry and admission ticket and bento lunch packages, visit the Nichi Bei's site.



Family History and Reunion Day Videos

At this year’s Family History Day a wide variety of speakers shared fascinating stories of the different ethnic groups and nationalities that were detained on Angel Island including: Russians, Koreans, Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese and Austrians. We captured these on video so you could enjoy the richness and diversity of the American experiences that began on Angel Island.

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Three People Videos Premiere

Take a look at the videos from our 3 People project where high school students made films based on their interviews with elders on their immigration experiences.  These heartfelt, well-crafted short films capture the fears, motivations and challenges the seniors faced in leaving their homelands.

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Restoration of the Public Health Service Hospital

During the hospital’s operation from 1910 to 1940, thousands of patients were inspected and treated there. Understanding its history sheds new light on the evolution of public health policies, yet its exhibits will celebrate the voices of the West Coast immigrants who passed through its doors.




Featured Immigrant Voices Story

Brothers Kakuro and Shigeo Shigenaga were both detained on Angel Island in 1942, arrested during a time of racial hysteria when many Japanese immigrants were captured by the FBI for fears they would engage in anti-American actions. They took different routes from Hawai`i to the Department of Justice detention camps in Santa Fe, NM, but both stopped at Angel Island for several days during the early days of World War II.

Before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the FBI had compiled dossiers on many Japanese community leaders. Visit our overview website [] for more information.

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Virtual Tour of Angel Island Immigration Station

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Year of Arrival 1900

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of the experience of Immigration into America through the Pacific. AIISF collects and preserves the rich stories and personal journeys of thousands of immigrants, and shares them with visitors and everyone living in America through education initiatives and public programs.   Angel Island Immigration Station reminds us of the complicated history of immigration in America.  It serves as a symbol of our willingness to learn from our past to ensure that our nation keeps its promise of liberty and freedom.

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