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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.

We invite you to share your immigrant story or about an immigrant you know in our growing web exhibition that will be read by people all over the world.

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On August 10, 1914, a Board of Special Inquiry, consisting of inspectors J.P. Lawler, D.J. Griffiths, and J.A. Robinson, held an unusual hearing on the case of an eight-year-old Korean adoptee who had arrived in San Francisco on the S.S. Persia that day. The Korean child’s birth name was Chansuna Kim; however, the passport that was issued by the Japanese government gave her name as Chom Soon Kim. The child was accompanied by her legal guardian, Dr. Amanda Francis Hillman, who had been a medical doctor for the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society in Korea for three years prior to arriving at Angel Island.

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