Professor Judy Yung to Discuss the History of the “Ellis Island of the West”

"Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America" presentation is part of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Judy Yung, professor emeritus

Judy Yung, professor emeritus and co-author of “Angel Island – Immigrant Gateway to America” on Friday, May 18 at UCR.

Judy Yung, professor emerita in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will present “Angel Island, Immigrant Gateway to America” at UC Riverside on Friday, May 18 as part of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Yung, who co-authored a book by the same name with Erika Lee in 2010, will make the presentation twice: on Friday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. in Highlander Union Building (HUB) room 269 at UCR and on Saturday, May 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Arlington Branch of the Riverside Public Library at 9556 Magnolia Ave in Riverside. Both events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 100 guests. There will be a charge of $5 for non-permit holders to park at UC Riverside.

Angel Island, located in San Francisco Bay, was the entry point into the United States for one million immigrants between 1910 and 1940. The immigration station, known as the “Ellis Island of the west,” celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. It welcomed Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Koreans, South Asians, as well as Mexicans, Russians, and European Jews. Yung’s work examines how race, class, gender, colonialism, wartime policies, and international politics all shaped the treatment of immigrants who entered the station and how these factors impact immigration politics today.

Yung served as librarian at the San Francisco and Oakland Public Libraries before receiving her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. She has also published works on Chinese American and women’s history, including Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco.

The on-campus presentation is sponsored by Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies; Department of Ethnic Studies; Public History Program, Department of History; Asian Pacific Student Programs; Librarians Association of the University of California, Riverside (LAUCR); and the UCR Libraries.

For more information on the presentations, contact Judy Lee at (951) 827-5486.

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