Immigration at the Golden Gate: Passenger Ships, Exclusion, and Angel Island

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Perhaps 200,000 immigrants passed through the Angel Island Immigration Station during its lifetime, a tiny number compared to the 17 million who entered through New York's Ellis Island. Nonetheless, Angel Island's place in the consciousness of Americans on the West Coast is large, out of all proportion to the numerical record. This place is not conceded fondly or with gratitude. Angel Island's Immigration Station was not, as some have called it, the Ellis Island of the West, built to facilitate the processing and entry of those welcomed as new Americans. Its role was less benign: to facilitate the exclusion of Asians-first the Chinese, then Japanese, Koreans, Indians, and all other Asians.

This was the era when a rampant public hostility to newcomers posed grave threats to the liberties of all immigrants, especially those from Asia. The phrase Angel Island connotes more than a rocky outpost rearing up inside the mouth of San Francisco Bay, more, even, than shorthand for the various government outposts-military, health, and immigration―that guarded the Western Gate. Angel Island reminds us of an important chapter in the history of immigration to the United States, one that was truly a multicultural enterprise long before that expression was even imagined. With the restoration of the Immigration Station and the creation of a suitable museum/learning center, Angel Island may well become as much part of the American collective imagination as Ellis Island-but with its own, quite different, twist. This book shows how natives and newcomers experienced the immigration process on the west coast. Although Angel Island's role in American immigration was greatest at the dawn of the previous century, the process of immigration continues. The voices of a century ago―of exclusion, of bureaucratic and judicial nightmares, of the interwoven interests of migrants and business people of the fear of foreigners and their diseases, of moral ambiguity and uncertainty―all echo to the present day.

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Immigration through San Francisco a century ago was quite different from immigration at other American ports—most of the immigrants came from Asia, and the Federal government enacted the Chinese Exclusion Act and other discriminatory legislation in response. Immigration at the Golden Gate provides the first extensive look at how Asians made the long journey across the Pacific to the New World, at how they were "processed" at Angel Island and other facilities created to control Asian immigration, and who were the "enforcers" manning the gates of exclusion. Beginning with the dramatic tale of one Chinese immigrant detained at Angel Island for over six hundred nights, Barde makes extensive use of diaries, archival material, translations from Japanese and Chinese sources, and new documentary evidence to describe the "immigration industry" at the West Coast's most important port.

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Robert Eric Barde is Deputy Director and Academic Coordinator of the Institute of Business and Economic Research, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of nearly three dozen articles in immigration history and the social sciences and has written for numerous award-winning programs on TVOntario.

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