A tale of two travelers

SAN FRANCISCO – When my parents came to this country for the first time, they hoped to find a better life, just as the Chinese did many years ago when they entered the United States through this Western immigration station in San Francisco Bay. As I entered the immigration station at Angel Island, now a state…

Angel Island Immigration Station holds memories, questions

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Chinese poems, roughly inscribed into cracked and peeling lead paint, adorn the walls, offering a glimpse into the lives of Chinese immigrants; bunk beds holding period pieces and speakers looping recordings of various conversations in Chinese, Japanese, Russian and other languages give the impression that downtrodden immigrant detainees are only a room…

Angel Island: caught in the middle

SAN FRANCISCO — At first glance, it’s only an old building with chipped paint and warped floorboards. The grates over the windows are slightly rusted, and a subtle scent from a nearby floral arrangement mingles with the mustiness of the original wood. A second look, at the inner walls, though, reveals an outpouring of emotion…