Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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AIISF is pleased to present stories about the immigrant experience. These stories offer testimony to the perseverance, courage and tenacity of immigrants whose belief in the American ideals of freedom and justice was unshakable despite hardships and discrimination.

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Family Torn Apart, edited by Gail Honda, tells the story of Otokichi Ozaki from Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaiˋi. It is based on letters, poetry and radio scripts in the collection of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiˋi. Ozaki was a Japanese language school teacher, tanka poet, anthurium grower and a leader of the Japanese community in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaiˋi. He spent a little over a week on Angel Island in March and April of 1942.

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