Oral History Project Underway at U.C. Davis
U.C. Davis researchers working on a major oral-history project are looking for immigrants who spent time at the Ellis Island of the West Coast.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world were detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station in the Bay Area between 1910 and 1940. Aaron DeFranco of the Pacific Regional Humanities Center at U-C Davis says most of the immigrants came from Asia. It was the main entry point for all immigrants coming along the Pacific Rim into the United States and these immigrants were primarily Chinese. DeFranco believes many of these now elderly citizens live in the area. The primary places of settlement for many of the Chinese detainees at Angel Island for example were San Francisco, Sacramento and the Stockton-Modesto areas. U-C Davis students are being trained to conduct interviews with the former immigrants. The idea behind the project is to preserve and interpret Angel Island as the Pacific gateway for U-S immigration. The station is currently going through a 30-Million dollar renovation. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.