Angel Island Immigration Station

Angel Island Immigration Station. Unlike immigrants at Ellis Island who were not detained long, Asian immigrants, Chinese in particular, to Angle Island were discouraged from coming. They could be detained on the island for as long as six months, some as much as two years.

Angel Island Immigration Station

The poems were a source of solidarity for the detainees, few were signed out of fear of retaliation. Being kept in wooden buildings was a sign of disrespect for the Chinese in China animals were kept in wooden buildings.

Angel Island Immigration Station

Common themes of the poetry: daily life, homesickness, family values, obligations and guilt, sorrow or grief, regret for coming to America, resentment over their treatment, wanting revenge against the U.S., concern over China’s weakness, encouragement, consolation or moral support to fellow detainees, and warnings or advice.