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AAAYA NorCal: Yale Day of Service with Angel Island’s Historic U.S. Immigration Station &#8211

AAAYA NorCal: Yale Day of Service with Angel Island’s Historic U.S. Immigration Station – Tiburon, CA – Sa 5/14 – 10am

Come help with some maintenance tasks for the historic U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island, which processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants from across the Pacific, including Chinese immigrants detained due to the Chinese Exclusion Acts who carved bittersweet poems into the walls. State Parks staff would like help with spring-cleaning inside the barracks – sweeping, dusting, even window cleaning – as well as landscape work – weeding, cleaning, etc. in the surrounding grounds. They need help with clearing paths of debris from all the recent storms, wiping down the granite signage, and general maintenance. A few could even do a small beach cleanup! We should also be able to work in a tour of the immigration station before or after the work.  Unless otherwise notified, please bring your own lunch food and drink.

For more details and to sign up, go to

Please sign up soon to help us for planning and organizing purposes.  If the two AAAYA NorCal sponsored events do not work for you, consider volunteering for the other Yale Day of Service activities sponsored by the Yale Club of San Francisco and the Yale Club of Silicon Valley.


Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay

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Come and join AAAYA’s Northern California chapter as we participate in the Yale Day of Service at the Angel Island Immigration Station.  Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay and regarded as the “Ellis Island of the West,” Angel Island Immigration Station was routinely the first stop for immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean between 1910 and 1940. It is an important part of California and Asian American history, with incomparable vistas of the Bay.

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Angel Island Ferry in Tiburon.  Please be prompt and allocate enough time for parking. We suggest parking at the parking lots (bring $5 exact change for the machine) near Beach Street and Tiburon Blvd and walking the couple of blocks to the ferry dock at Main Street and Tiburon Blvd. If you have favorite gloves or gardening tools, bring them.

For directions, visit The fares are $13.50 for 13 and over, $11.50 for ages 6 to 12, $3.50 ages 3-5. If we’re able to work out a discount, we’ll let you know ahead of time. For more information on the history of the immigration station at Angel Island, visit for the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation’s website (where Grant Din ’79 BR works).

Site Coordinator:

Grant Din ’79 (click here to reveal email address) and put Angel Island in the email subject line 510-499-7328


Angel Island Immigration Station video tour produced by Jane Tyska of Bay Area News Group

Angel Island Immigration Station tour with Don Lee who was detained in 1939 at age 11  (Mark Prado / Marin Independent Journal)

US Immigration History Preserved on Angel Island – AP video story Interview with Harmen Guan in 1997-1998 who was detained in 1938 at age 15  (Eddie Wong / Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation)

Interview with Robertson Yee in 1997-1998 who was detained in 1921 at age 10  (Eddie Wong / Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation)

Interview with Wing Young in 1997-1998 who was detained in 1928 at age 13  (Eddie Wong / Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation)


Angel Island Immigration Station slideshow  16 photos detention barracks, poetry carved on walls, former dock & fog warning bell, detainee suitcase, detainee meal, game room. (Jane Tyska/Staff Bay Area News Group) from “Angel Island Immigration Station”

91 Photos (Marin Independent Journal) from “Angel Island Immigration Station Grand Re-Opening 15 Feb 2009”

8 Photos (Michael Macer / San Francisco Chronicle) from “Bitter memories of Ellis Island of the West”

9 photos  (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times) from “The Walls Still Talk at Angel Island”,0,1662647.photogallery


“A trip into Angel Island’s past” by Matt O’Brien / San Jose Mercury News 3/14/09

“On Angel Island, the walls really talk” by Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times 2/13/09,0,351864.story

“Angel Island Immigration & Detention Center Re-Opening” by Pam Gould / Marin Independent Journal 2/16/09

“Bitter memories of Ellis Island of the West” by Carl Nolte / San Francisco Chronicle  12/10/08

For more information about the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, additional restoration phases & how to donate time and resources go to

More information about Angel Island Poetry including major influences & themes such as alienation, immigration, labor, and race in America

Oral history project on Chinese detainees at Angel Island by Lydia Lum

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