The Annual API Heritage & Big Lunch of Color's Lunch was held on Tuesday, April 28th in Tresidder Lounge. Katherine Toy, Stanford Alumni Volunteer Manager, presented a very engaging and vivid discussion: “Angel Island Immigration Station – The History and Preservation of a Historic Landmark”.
The Angel Island experience is very symbolic for all immigrants who entered the west coast from 1910-1940's. For instance, historians have found written proof of the Chinese immigration experience displayed on the walls of the barracks where many were detained for sometimes as short as 2-3 weeks, months, or even years. There are tens of thousands of poems, many written in Cantonese, spoke of their sadness of being held in this prison for so long.
$15 million dollars has been secured to restore this national landmark. Currently, the completion of the public health hospital is nearly done due to tireless efforts of volunteers like Toy who serve on the board of the Angel Island Immigrant Station Foundation over the years.
To learn more about the Angel Island Immigrant Station Foundation: