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Angel Island Immigration Station

islands of secret memories

Island of Secret Memories is a short, powerful drama on the experience of early Chinese immigrants who were detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station in the San Francisco Bay from 1910 - 1940, the Ellis Island of the West Coast. The story is told through the eyes of young children on a tour of the now restored facility located in Angel Island State Park. Joe, a Chinese American schoolboy, comes face to face with the spirit of his beloved, deceased grandfather, who was once detained for questioning in the barracks of the immigration station. Through his grandfather's ghost, Joe "sees" an interrogation scene, and "hears" the voices of his ancestors chanting the Chinese poems of hardship and resistance they carved into the walls many years ago and still visible today.

Includes full curriculum guide.

20 Minutes • Drama • Grades 3 - 6
Produced and Directed by Loni Ding, 1988


  • Wilbur Schramm Award, (Highest award, Nat'l. competition for K-12 educational)
  • Best of the West for Instructional TV program, Pacific Mountain Network
  • Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival

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