Angel Island marks anniversary with poetry 

Last week, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation marking May as Asian American and Pacfiic Islander Heritage Month and recognizing the 100th anniversary of Angel Island’s Immigration Station, “a milestone that reminds us of an unjust time in our history,” he wrote.

He described “harsh interrogations … and crowded, unsanitary barracks” at the station that is now known as the Ellis Island of the west.

Residents have the chance to remember that ugly but important history Saturday with “Poetry in Motion: in Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Immigration Station,” featuring writer Maxine Hong Kingston, several poets, taiko dancers and drummers, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

The event will take place on the island, where participants can take a free, self-guided tour of the Immigration Station Museum from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Low-cost ferry service will leave from Pier 41 at 9:30 a.m., and return at 1:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. Discounted fares are also available from the Tiburon-Angel Island Ferry at 10 a.m. with return service every hour at 20 minutes past the hour.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early for the departures, and to bring blankets or portable chairs for the event.

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