25 Groundbreaking Years

AIISF will be hosting its 2019 Gala Dinner on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero to mark 25 years since AIISF proposed restoration of the immigration station. The Gala recognizes how much has accomplished with the theme: “Immigrant Dreams, Hero Voices: 25 Groundbreaking Years”.

This year, AIISF will recognize with its Immigrant Heritage Award, special immigrant Americans whose work in the Bay Area bears witness to the exceptional contributions of Asian immigrants once excluded from entry into the United States. 

Dennis Wu, born in the Philippines, came to the Bay Area to attend college, became a business leader as an accounting partner at Deloitte, a civic leader as president of the Commonwealth Club, a community leader serving on the boards of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and San Francisco Ballet, and now serves as board chair of Recology.

Thuy Vu and her family fled their native Vietnam by boat at the end of the Vietnam War, winding up in a refugee camp in Guam before being allowed to settle in America.  Now an award-winning Bay Area broadcast journalist, she currently co-hosts KQED “Newsroom”.

Further, on this special evening – we wish to acknowledge the dedication and service of volunteer docents, Liz and Joe Chan, with the Spirit of Angel Island Award. For the past decade, have led tours for thousands of school children and other visitors at the immigration station.

Your continued support for our work and mission for the past 25 years has allowed us to rehabilitate a dilapidated detention camp slated for demolition into a museum and meeting place where visitors can learn hard lessons from America’s immigration history and ponder whether those lessons might apply today.