Maryn Wheeler


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, Angel Island, Immigration, San Francisco Bay, Asian Immigrants

Document Type

Book Review


In the early twentieth century, Angel Island Immigration Station became the entrance point to America for most Asian immigrants. There they underwent medical examinations, interviews, and were detained in small barracks for weeks or months before entrance or deportation. The Chinese poems inscribed on the walls highlight the immigrant experience. Because of difficult living conditions and strict immigration laws, many had a tough time and experienced a harsh welcome to the American dream. After a building fire on Angel Island, it was shut down and soon exclusion laws were repealed. Visitors may tour Angel Island now as a reminder of the challenging journey of immigrants.