S: Chinese Immigration
BC: Bibliography All images are from Google images Angelisland.org and its links www.aiisf.org and its links Mrs. Underhill
FC: The Life of a Chinese Immigrant Written and illustrated by: Dakota Whisnant 2 final copy
1: in this book I will explain the life of a typical Chinese immigrant and of all the hardships they faced.
2: This is where all the immigrants came who were coming from a ship that came from the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay | or known to the immigrants as Angel Island. Millions of immigrants came here as the first step in getting a chance that all Americans get everyday. Many people were detained for as much a seven to ten years, or they could be out of Angel Island in a week.
3: This is the Building that all immigrants came through on the island directly off the ship, they were checked for papers, given medical checkups and then separated by ethnicity. | Also many families were split up, even some families were sent back to there home countries, it was hard times for these immigrants
4: When any immigrant came to Angel Island they had to have a passport that gave there date of birth, name and other personal information. | If you didn't have the proper paper work then you were automatically denied access to the US and sent back home. If you passed through this part, you were sent for a medical checkup.
5: If you had a disease or sickness usually depending on the severity you could go to a on site building to get better if you didn't you were seen home. Most Chinese Immigrants were overall healthy people though. | This is a small identification card for a Chinese immigrant
6: Chinese faced hard times while at Angel island. Here are some journal entries from an unknown Chinese Immigrant. Dear Family, "We have came to America in effort to have a better life, but all we have faced are persecution and hard times. They are making us stay on this island until they process our papers. Much love, Xeong | Chinese rice Farm | C | Chinese poem
7: Dear Family, This is where I am staying they call it a Tenement building it smells, and it looks bad but hopefully one day I will be able to afford a nice home in New York. Much love, Xeong | Tenement building
8: Xeong as a child (right)
9: Sample Detention Paper | Sadly Xeong will never get to see his family in America, in 1882 the United States Government passed the Chinese Exclusion Act which banned almost all Chinese Immigrants from coming to America. In 1890 Xeong died of natural causes, or a sickness he wasn't used to have in China.
10: Today Angel Island is a state park in California. in 1940 a fire burned down the building that the immigrants had to come through when they first arrived in, this is when Angel Island was shut down until just recently when it was restored. Today it is a very historical site and many people visit from all over the US.
11: Rare color photo taken of Barracks in the Restored Park | This is a form many Immigrants filled out when they came to America, Immigrants that come to the US today also fill this out