Angel Island Project – Wall

“With captured imaginations, we take flight on a journey of discovery and story-telling shaped by Huang Ruo’s beautiful score and the inspired poetry that was carved into the walls by detainees at the Angel Island Immigration station between 1910-40.
The Angel Island Project helps us to trace who we are today, by remembering from where we came.” Graham Lustig

On this Oakland Ballet Company Angel Island Project Wall, we invite you to share your immigration story.

Jojo Liu

“Chinese calligraphy is one of the most traditional art forms in the world and is truly representative of Eastern art and culture. My grandfather inspired and taught me to practice Chinese calligraphy from a young age, and I continue to have more love for it every day.”

Kien Nguyen

“When I was 20 years old, I started fresh in the United States learning English…For all of us immigrants, we all had to start from, pretty much, ground zero and take whatever jobs come our way. No matter what we do, we love it. We have come a long way, and [are] proud to be U.S. citizens.”

Lan Shaw

“I was born and raised in China. I came from a very well educated family, however it really never occurred to me until my early teenager years that China is a third world country…my first time I got to see what the first world looked like [was in America]. It was indeed a very, very different world.”

Chinese Immigrants in Silicon Valley and Beyond

Silicon Valley is home to one of the largest foreign-born populations in the US. About 38% of the two million people in this area were born outside the US, and immigrants make up 70% of the workforce in highly technical occupations. Chinese immigrants account for a significant proportion of the workforce in Silicon Valley, particularly in Santa Clara County. Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, anti-Asian and anti-Chinese rhetoric and behaviors have surged. “My Story, My Community, My Home” photoblog showcases the wide range of Chinese immigrants and promotes interracial and intercultural communication and understanding. It also highlights Chinese immigrants’ contribution to local communities and beyond.

Please visit the Society of Heart’s Delight page for more stories: 

Please contact Oakland Ballet at info@oaklandballet.org if you wish to share your immigration stories on this wall. Making it more encompassing and universal, not all the stories have to be related to Angel Island. We will accept stories, photos, videos, artwork, etc.