Angel Island in San Francisco Bay served as something like a West Coast version of Ellis Island: an entry port for immigrants.
Its past is also a shade darker, as the Island also played a part in excluding some people from immigration.
The state of California just allocated money to finish the restoration of the immigration station. It's a thrill to the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, which worked for the restoration and continues to collect the stories of immigrant families in its "Immigrant Voices" project.
AIISF's Grant Din visits The Exchange with tales from the island's past and visions of its future.