Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain
"It is said that these Chinese are entitled while they remain to the safeguards of the Constitution and to the protection of the laws in regard to their rights of person and of property, but that they continue to be aliens, subject to the absolute power of Congress to forcibly remove them. In other words, the guaranties of 'life, liberty, and property' named in the Con ...more
2. The non-fiction text, Angel Island, describes the challenges facing Asian and other immigrants entering San Francisco through Angel Island Immigration between 1910 and 1940. It tells about the groups of people attempting to immigrate to the United States and how the US government made it difficult, if not impossible, for certain groups. Paper Son tells the story of how one boy, like many Chi ...more
From a technical standpoint, this book is less about narrative than it is about presentation. The pictures and the poems tell a lot of the story. History is not my biggest interest and I usually prefer story. This book doesn't have quite as much story as I gene ...more
Know of Ellis island and never thought of one on the west coast and we' stood at north end of Golden Gate Bridge and saw the island for ourselves without even knowing what it was.
Enjoyed all the history especially carvings on the walls that have been preserved.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
A park ranger’s discovery of Chinese calligraphic poems etched into the walls of the derelict Angel Island detention station sets in motion the preservation of the remains of the Ellis Island of the West. Freedman tells the larger story of immigration on the West Coast and the shameful history of institutional and individual discrimination against Chinese immigrants.
Freedman begins the story with Weiss’s enthusiastic discovery: ” I looked around and shined my flashlight up and I c ...more
Rationale: I selected this fiction book because, quite frankly, Angel Island broke my heart and I wanted to find a fiction book that would make the feelings of being lost in a new place relevant to today's readers. I wanted to put a face and a name to the feelings of being alone, different, misunderstood, muted by language barriers, and marginalized. I wouldn't want a student, after reading Angel Island, to think "That was then. Everythi ...more
This is an excellent book about a topic I didn't know much about. Angel Island is the West Coast "Ellis Island" but the island was no Angel. There was a lot of atrocities caused to Chinese people who wanted a better life in the US. So they try to immigrant to the US but instead they are put in a detention center until they were approved to be in the US. The building was described as "Two Story Shack" This wasn't just Chinese but most Asians.
In the 1840's the Chinese came to the US to ...more
I’ve wanted to read “Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain,” since I added it to the library collection a year and a half ago. Summer is my prime reading time, so this is one of the non-fictions I picked up for my time off. Newbery medalist Russell Freedman is always a good bet for historical non-fiction, and this book is no exception. Geared toward readers from 3rd-5th grade, this book explores the history of Angel Island, which was the major stop for Chinese immigrants coming to work the gold...more
History of mostly Chinese immigration through Angel Island, San Francisco, from the late 19th century through about 1940.
Before the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese immigrants walked off their ships and found jobs mostly as railroad workers and as miners. When the railroad jobs ran out, white racism toward the Chinese erupted and the Chinese opened laundries and worked as farm laborers.
With the Chinese Exclusion Act, the immigration station on Angel Islan ...more
I guess what bothered me the most was the clear bias in the writing style. The Chinese were not the only ones discriminated against, nor were the immigration laws and determining ...more
Over half a million people, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Punjabi, and Chinese, came through Angel Island hoping to make a better life in the United States. Some were allowed passage into the country within a few hours but many, especially Chinese people, were detained on the island until a dec ...more
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold is no exception. It provides insight into a historical place, time, and culture people may not know about or if they do, very little. I for one did not know about Angel Island. Information is presented in large text and black and white photos that make me think of a family album. Some times ...more
He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Pre ...more