(Advance Reader Copy)
Many of us, especially here on the East Coast, are familiar with stories of immigrants passing through the inspection station at Ellis Island in New Jersey. (Yes, folks, it is in New Jersey. The Supreme Court of the United States has said so.) Less familiar are the stories of Asian immigrants who arrived and were processed or detained at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay.
When the buildings on Angel Island were falling into disrepair and slated for demolition in the 1970's, Alexander Weiss found rows and rows of poetry, much of it written in Chinese characters undecipherable to him, etched into the walls of the island's detention center. Convinced of the historical significance of these poems, he brought them to the attention of Chinese community leaders in San Francisco, and so began a movement to retain the buildings as landmarks of cultural and historical significance. Many of the poems were translated and included in the book,
Oh, poor me, Banned from landing,
fearful of being deported back to China.
There is no way for me to face the elders east of the river.
I anticipated wealth, but it's only poverty, alas, that I've
A perfect fictional pairing for Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain is Laurence Yep's,The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island (2008, Harper Collins).
And don't forget - there's still time to enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of The Bear Hug by Sean Callahan. See Saturday's post for the online entry form.
Thanks to all of today's Nonfiction Monday contributors! Be sure to check out these posts:
Jeanne at True Tales & a Cherry on Top, is featuring Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren. Jeanne just attended an SCBWI conference and felt inspired to feature a picture book biography of a female writer. Write on, Jeanne!
At NC Teacher Stuff, Jeff has a review of No Monkeys, No Chocolate. "This is an interesting and informative account of how the cocoa tree produces cocoa beans for chocolate." Thanks, Jeff, however, after reading your review, I think I now know a little too much about what's involved in the life of a cocoa bean!
Sue, at Sally's Bookshelf, has Noisy Bug Sing-Along. "Summer is one huge concert of chirps, buzzes, hums and thrums. Who wouldn't want to sing along with the bugs?" As this year is a 17-year cicada hatch in my area, there's been a lot of "singing!"
(Don't miss the Perseid meteor showers coming up on the 11th and 12th of this month!)