AAS Students and Faculty Welcome Back Fall at Angel Island

Students and faculy attended a day long welcome back retreat at Angel Island in August.  The retreat was intended to foster students continued interest in the history of the Angel Island Immigration Station. The retreat was also conducted to plan for service learning opportunities that will provide education and resources for the community on the Angel Island immigration experience.

In the Spring, the Asian American Studies Department received a Call to Service Grant from the Institute of Civic and Campus Engagement. The purpose of this initiative is to support departments/programs in developing and  strengthening service-learning opportunities for faculty and student.

Currently,  the Asian American Studies Department is partnering with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation in the following ways:

  • Collect and edit stories of Angel Island immigrant detainees for Immigrant Voices
  • Increase education and awareness of the period of exclusion and the significance of Angel Island through play performances at local schools,
  • Increase resources available for teachers interested in introducing Angel Island Immigration Station through the use of lessons plans,

The Angel Island Immigration Station operated from 1910 to 1940. The station plays an important role in the history of Asian Americans. Anti-Asian sentiments and exclusion laws led to its opening. For 45 years, the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) and its predecessors have worked on the restoration of the historic Immigration Station barracks and the preservation of all of its poetry and other writings.  This service-learning project by the San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies department addresses a need of AIISF for continued education and resources for the community on the Angel Island immigration experience.