Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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An Insider’s Tour of United States Immigration Station at Angel Island with Judy Yung and Ben Fenkell


Prof Judy Yung and Park Ranger Ben Fenkell

A group tour designed for historians and history buffs, college classes, and others wanting a deeper understanding of the Immigration Station.

Bring your group and spend the day (from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) with Historian Judy Yung and Park Interpreter Ben Fenkell exploring the history of Angel Island and the U.S. Immigration Station that was known as “Ellis Island of the West.”  

From 1910 to 1940, one million people were processed through this port of entry, including Chinese paper sons, Japanese picture brides, Korean refugee students, South Asian political activists, Russian and Jewish refugees, Mexican families, Filipino repatriates, and many others from around the world.  

Tour the detention barracks, listen to their stories, see the poems that they carved into the walls, compare their experiences, and learn more about how America’s discriminatory immigration policies changed their lives and continue to transform the nation.


Your guides:

Judy Yung is the daughter of a former Chinese detainee, Professor Emerita of American Studies at UC Santa Cruz, and the co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island (1980) and Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (2010).

Ben Fenkell is a third-generation Filipino-American and serves as the lead park interpreter for the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park. He has worked for California State Parks for the past 20 years, and comes from a background of activism and youth leadership in the Sacramento Filipino-American community.

Fee and restrictions:

$750 for a group of 30 adults maximum.  Revenue goes to support the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

Please purchase your own ferry tickets, and shuttle tickets (if you do not want to take the 40-minute walk to the immigration site)

Bring your own lunch or you can purchase lunch at the Angel Island Café (there is no food available at the immigration site)

Dress warmly and wear walking shoes

For reservations:

Please contact Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 415-348-9200x0

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