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Poetic Waves: Angel Island

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This small, well-designed site uses a photo tour, profiles, poetry, a timeline, and an image gallery to present the compelling story of the 175,000 Asian immigrants who entered America between 1910 and 1940 through the Angel Island immigration station in California's San Francisco Bay. Many of the immigrants were detained for up to two years at the station.

The five-part tour provides an overview and a photographic and video tour of the station's buildings and facilities, along with a description of its operations. "Poetry" allows visitors to listen to and read (in both English and Chinese) five of the many poems that Chinese immigrants carved into the walls of the station's barracks. "People" uses text and audio to tell the individual stories of five immigrants. The timeline covers the history of Angel Island and Asian immigration from 1840 to the present. A small image gallery includes an immigration document, building interiors, a page of interrogation notes, and an image of poetry on barrack walls.