Between the years of 1910 and 1940, millions of people crossed the Pacific Ocean towards America, in order to escape poverty, oppression, and war in their native countries. Fleeing from China, Japan, and Nazi Germany, they sought to reach a land of opportunity. Before being allowed to land on the West Coast, immigrants would be processed at the Angel Island Immigration Station, isolated in the bay of San Francisco, California. Here, immigrants would be detained for months at a time, undergoing grueling interrogations by U.S. Officials and suffering through deplorable living conditions. The Station was built with the sole purpose of exclusion rather than inclusion, particularly aimed at deporting those of non-European ethnicity. In time, all that will remain of this important part of United States history is the resonating stories passed down from generation to generation.
Angel Island, Belvedere Tiburon, California, USA, 2016

Hop Jeong, California, USA, 2016

Hop Jeong, California, USA, 2016

Marye Kimoto, California, USA, 2018

Marye Kimoto, California, USA, 2018

Harry Gluckman, California, 2018

Harry Gluckman, California, 2018

Angel Island Immigration Station, Belvedere Tiburon, California, USA, 2016

Don Lee, Concord, California, USA, 2016

Don Lee, California, USA, 2016

Herman Jeong, California, USA, 2018

Herman Jeong, California, USA, 2018

Angel Island Immigration Station, Belvedere Tiburon, California, USA, 2016

William Tom, California, USA, 2018

William Tom, California, USA, 2018

Robert Hong, California, USA, 2018

Robert Hong, California, USA, 2018

Dr. Herbert Yee, California, USA, 2017

Angel Island Immigration Station, Belvedere Tiburon, California, USA, 2016

This is an ongoing photo essay. I am still looking for detainees to photograph. Please contact me if you know someone who is willing. 
Thank you.
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