Chang-rae Lee and Eavan Boland  in a Conversation about Diasporic Literature Levinthal Hall, Stanford University
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Chang-rae Lee and Eavan Boland in a Conversation about Diasporic Literature Levinthal Hall, Stanford University

More than 500,000 immigrants from 80 different countries landed at the Angel Island Immigration Station from 1910-1940.  Today, the Angel Island Immigration Station stands as a symbol of the diaspora - the dispersion of people from their original homeland - that happened then and continues in our contemporary world. Through this event, we explore how that diasporic experience touches us through literature.

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Chang-rae Lee, who emigrated from Korea to the United States when he was three, is the author of the novels Native Speaker, A Gesture Life, Aloft, The Surrendered (winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and a Pulitzer Prize Finalist), and On Such A Full Sea, (which was a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). His sixth novel will be published in 2019. He is currently the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English at Stanford University. Lee’s numerous awards and citations include the Dos Passos Prize in Literature, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction. He has written stories and articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and many other publications. He was named by The New Yorker as one of the 20 Writers for the 21st Century.

Eavan Boland, a native of Dublin, Ireland, moved with her family to London when she was six, where she first faced anti-Irish sentiment. Boland’s poetry collections include A Poet’s Dublin, A Woman Without a Country, New Collected Poems, An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-1987, and In Her Own Image. She is also the author of the essay collection A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet, which won the 2012 PEN Award; Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time, a volume of prose; and After Every War, an anthology of German women poets. With Mark Strand, she co-edited The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms. Boland’s awards include a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry, an American Ireland Fund Literary Award, a Jacob’s Award for her involvement in The Arts Programme broadcast on RTÉ Radio, and an honorary degree from Trinity. Boland is the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor of English at Stanford University.

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Angel Island Descendant Lenora Lee and Her Dance Company Return to the Immigration Station with Their Award-Winning, Multimedia Performance of Within These Walls & Dreams of Flight.
May
4
to May 19

Angel Island Descendant Lenora Lee and Her Dance Company Return to the Immigration Station with Their Award-Winning, Multimedia Performance of Within These Walls & Dreams of Flight.

  • Angel Island Immigration Station (map)
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Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) celebrates its Re-Staging of the Award Winning Within These Walls (2017), and the World Premiere of its sequel Dreams of Flight, both site-responsive, immersive, multimedia dance works at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay, for three weekends 5/4 - 5/19/19.

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Survival and Loss: A Joint Discussion of Los Angeles and San Francisco Chinatowns
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Survival and Loss: A Joint Discussion of Los Angeles and San Francisco Chinatowns

California Historical Society is hosting this panel discussion, inspired by historic photographs of Los Angeles and San Francisco Chinatowns. These images envision, describe, and share a particular idea of what Los Angeles and San Francisco Chinatowns were. The panelists will address questions such as: How did these neighborhoods arise? What challenges have they faced and how have they survived? Moderated by U. C. Berkeley Professor Harvey Dong and featuring former AIISF Executive Director Eddie Wong as a panelist.

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Refugees and Asylum Seekers:  From Angel Island to Now
Nov
15
2:30 PM14:30

Refugees and Asylum Seekers: From Angel Island to Now

  • Bechtel International Community Center, Assembly Room, Stanford University Campus (map)
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In our continuing effort to connect the Angel Island immigration history to contemporary issues, we will explore the little-known stories of refugees and asylum seekers who landed at Angel Island in the early 1900's and compare them against the personal experiences of more recent refugees from Vietnam and Bosnia.  We will also hear from a researcher at the Migration Policy Institute, a think tank based in Washington D.C., who will discuss the U.S. asylum system in crisis and some common-sense steps to chart a way forward.

To attend, sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/uYiOoMH5kMz24nLU2

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Tour & Field Study
Nov
13
8:30 AM08:30

Tour & Field Study

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will host its annual conference, Past Forward, in San Francisco in 2018. As a part of the conference, AIISF is co-leading in a full-day tour and field study of San Francisco's Chinatown and Angel Island Immigration Station, including dim sum lunch at the Chinese Historical Society of America. More details here.

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Immigration Station Tour with APIAHiP
Nov
10
9:45 AM09:45

Immigration Station Tour with APIAHiP

This year the Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) annual forum is in San Francisco. The theme is “Connect. Inspire. Preserve.” As a part of the experience, APIAHiP is offering a tour of Angel Island Immigration Station, focused on the preservation work that was done to restore the structures on site.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to APIAHiP’s website.

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Wild Geese Sorrow
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Geese Sorrow

  • San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch (map)
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Book Talk & Reading

Jeffrey Thomas Leong has written the first new translation of the Angel Island wall inscriptions in 40 years. His work takes readers through the deep anger, sorrow, and loneliness felt by Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910-1940.

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Wild Geese Sorrow
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Wild Geese Sorrow

  • San Francisco Public Library - Sunset Branch (map)
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Book Talk & Reading

Jeffrey Thomas Leong has written the first new translation of the Angel Island wall inscriptions in 40 years. His work takes readers through the deep anger, sorrow, and loneliness felt by Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910-1940.

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Beneath The Surface
Oct
6
to Oct 14

Beneath The Surface

  • YMCA - Chinatown Branch (map)
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Multimedia Experience

AIISF is proud to sponsor Lenora Lee Dance’s world premiere of “Beneath The Surface”, an underwater, multimedia experience. It is a meditation on forgiveness, reconciliation, and redemption, speaking to the power of individuals to transcend.

Three of Lenora Lee's grandparents were detained and processed at the Angel Island Immigration Station. Lenora is deeply grateful to have learned about their journeys and history, in knowing it is part of the rich history of the Chinese and their contributions in this country. Lenora's pivotal immersive performance piece "Within These Walls" (2017) made its debut at the Immigration Station in September 2017. She is planning for its re-staging, along with a sequel, for May 2019.

Go here for ticket information. There will be six performances of this piece.

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Wild Geese Sorrow
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Wild Geese Sorrow

  • San Francisco Public Library - Richmond Branch (map)
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Book Talk & Reading

Jeffrey Thomas Leong has written the first new translation of the Angel Island wall inscriptions in 40 years. His work takes readers through the deep anger, sorrow, and loneliness felt by Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910-1940.

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