One hundred years ago, the big island in San Francisco Bay was the West Coast detention point for all immigrants arriving in the U.S. And because 1911 was only 20 years past the Gold Rush -- Deadwood fans, think about it -- white Americans and the institutions they created were even less cool than the ones we have now. In her new book with Erika Lee, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, Judy Yung provides the first in-depth history of the "Ellis Island of the West." It's drawn from heavy research and told with the perspective only a pair of writers whose antecedents were themselves processed through Angel Island can bring. Racial injustices, jail-wall poetry, success stories, and the meaning of this country all play parts in her story.
Tue., May 31, 7:30 p.m., 2011