Historic Immigrant Passage Gains New Life

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Most people know about Ellis Island, but fewer know about its West Coast counterpart, Angel Island. From its opening in 1885 to its closing in 1940, more than a million people passed through Angel Island en route to the U.S., including hundreds of thousands of immigrants from China and Japan. After an extensive renovation Angel Island is open to visitors.

Eddie Wong, of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, explains the importance of Angel Island in American history.

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