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Angel Island: Storytelling, Poetry Reading, and Book Signing

June 30, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Erika Lee and Judy Yung, co-authors of the award-winning history book Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, will headline the “Angel Island Storytelling” program on Saturday, June 30 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco.

Lee and Yung will present a brief historical overview of the Angel Island Immigration Station, followed by immigrant stories told by Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Jewish descendants of Angel Island detainees. Speakers who will be sharing their family’s immigration journeys include the following:

  • Ted Schulze, grandson of Tye Leung Schulze, a former Angel Island Immigration Station interpreter
  • Janice Muto, daughter of Japanese picture bride Hisayo Yoshino; Gail Whang, granddaughter of Pastor Whang Sa Sun
  • Nora Steiner, daughter of Alice Edelstein, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany
  • a video of Nick Friesen, whose Mennonite family came from Russia.

Charles Egan, professor of Chinese language at San Francisco State University, will also introduce newly recovered Chinese, Japanese and Korean poems written by Angel Island immigrants. A reception and book signing by the authors of the new paperback edition of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America will immediately follow the program.

The new paperback will be sold at a 20% discount for $20. Book proceeds benefit the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America has been honored with several awards: Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award for Adult Non-Fiction; Winner of the Western History Association Caughey Prize; and Honorable Mention, Book Award in History by the Association for Asian American Studies.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The program is co-sponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and Chinese Culture Center. For more information about the program, please contact AIISF at 415 262.4429 or info@aiisf.org.

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June 30, 2012
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Chinese Culture Center, Grand Ballroom
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States