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China - Guangdong to San Francisco, CA

1923 | Yoke Suey Lee | Female | 20-39 years old

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Angel Island immigrant: Yes

Place of Origin
China - Guangdong

Place of Settlement
San Francisco, CA
Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey

Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey

“Detained at Liberty’s Door” is the story of the unjust detention of one individual, Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey, and the battle to secure her release. In the video is a film clip by Freida Lee Mock, from her 1974 documentary, Jung-Sai: Chinese Americans, of a visit by Mrs. Lee’s daughter to the barracks where her mother was detained for 15 and a half months. It is a rare glimpse of the Angel Island Immigration barracks from the 1970s, long before they were renovated 2000’s.

In 2010, the Chinese Historical Society of America produced an exhibit about Mrs. Lee’s ordeal. It was curated by Connie Young Yu, Mrs. Lee’s granddaughter, and included the family’s memorabilia and documents. Ms. Young Yu is a historian and long-time supporter of AIISF; she also narrated the “Detained at Liberty’s Door” video, by Barre Fong for CHSA.

Thanks to Connie Young Yu and CHSA for preparing the exhibit and for telling Mrs. Lee’s story. Please view the video below.

Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey plaque at US Immigration Station, Angel Island

Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey plaque at US Immigration Station, Angel Island

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