Immigration Station on Angel Island, CA

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Although Chinese immigration into America was limited after 1882, a special quarantine and inspection station was set up in San Francisco Bay to process Asians. Located on Angel Island, it operated from 1908 to 1940. Angel Island was not a hopeful place, because the luk yi - "green clothes men," or immigration officials - were looking for reasons to exclude Chinese, including "paper sons" who claimed to be children of legal Chinese residents of the U.S.

This colored photographic postcard shows the immigration station, Angel Island, San Francisco Bay, CA.