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.
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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.