Dr. Steven Yao, the 2012–2013 American Council of Education Fellow at Holy Names University, will show slides and discuss poetry relating to the Angel Island Immigration Station at a Cushing Library Salon Series event on January 30.
Between 1910 and its closing in 1940, the Angel Island Immigration Station served as a processing and detention facility for about a million Asian immigrants.
“These poems are some of the earliest literary works by people of Chinese descent in the United States and they relate the painful experiences of immigrants from China attempting to enter America under the conditions of formal exclusion,” Dr. Yao said. “Not only are the Angel Island poems an important part of Asian American literary history, but of American literary and cultural history more broadly. In telling the story of detainees at the Angel Island Immigration station, these poems tell the complex and sometimes challenging story of America itself.”
Dr. Yao is the author of Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity (Oxford University Press, 2010), selected for the Book Award in Literary Studies by the Association for Asian American Studies. He has also authored numerous journal articles and co-edited several books.
The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and is free. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to learn more.