Personal Narrative: My Personal Pilgrimage To Angel Island

Superior Essays
For my personal pilgrimage, I would want to travel to Angel Island, where my great-great grandfather had to pass through in order to immigrate to America. As a result, it holds deep significance to my family and me, as well as a large amount of Asian-Americans living in the Bay Area. Angel Island is an island in San Francisco Bay just east of Tiburon. There are hiking trails around its mountain, Mount Caroline Livermore, as well as beaches and a variety of natural plants. In order to reach the island, one needs to take a ferry from San Francisco or Tiburon. Although Angel Island is beautiful today, it doesn’t have such a pretty past. Around the early 20th century, Angel Island was an immigration station, where many immigrants entering from the west coast had to pass through in order to enter America. If those immigrants were from Europe, they could pass through easily, but those immigrants who were not white, such as Asians and others, were …show more content…
My trip to Angel Island is more relatable to medieval local pilgrimages where the pilgrims traveled short distances than the long pilgrimages that attracted international visitors. In the past, the local shrines tended to attract more townspeople than foreigners, and the sites were ingrained in local identity and tradition, as it was a tangible miracle place that anyone from the town can see. Similarly, Angel Island isn’t exactly a world-famous monument such as Alcatraz, so it attracts more local people from the Bay Area than tourists from out of the area. Also, Angel Island has deep roots in Asian-American history in the Bay Area because many Chinese migrants who passed through the station to immigrate to America still live here

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    This decided if certain people can stay in America. Another way this time period impacted America’s identity was Angel Island. Angel Island was located in Richardson Bay- San Francisco and was similar to Ellis Island, but instead of Europeans, the Chinese and other unwanted were sent to Angel Island. Thousands of immigrants migrate from here and were turned away. Angel Island was more strict than Ellis Island and this prevented many chinese immigrants from coming to America.…

    • 949 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    IKEA China targets the growing middle class, 25-35 age group many of whom were born into the one child policy era, which encompasses approximately 30 million people. This group is known for being much more open to western ideas and products than older more traditional Chinese people, and also is more educated and has a higher average income and can therefore afford IKEA’s mid-range products. As mentioned above, Western products are seen as aspirational in China, and so IKEA offers the opportunity for younger generations of Chinese to show their success through the innovative and non-traditional designs of IKEA’s furniture. China’s large population allows for IKEA to be more specific with the audience they target, and this segment will likely continue to grow as China’s economy continues to develop, their middle class grows, and more western products enter the…

    • 1502 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Historic Filipinotown

    • 1366 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Understanding the patterns of immigration contributes to our conceptualization of place as a site of action and agency (amerasia journal). The first immigration wave happened while the Philippine islands still belonged to Spain and Manila galleons would stop by the United States for trade purposes in the 1860s. Some Filipinos ended up staying in the United States, but their numbers were too few to maintain a place and retain memories. The second immigration wave, also known as the manong generation, saw unlimited importation of Filipino laborers since they were considered US Nationals before the Philippine Independence Treaty of 1934. Stockton witnessed a short-lived but thriving community of manongs as we can gather today from the dance halls and the Little Manila Foundation.…

    • 1366 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Most immigrants have little understanding the laws or the rights that they are given. In those cases, they would be accused of things that are not true but unable to disprove it. If these immigrants had stayed in Europe, they would have a much better understanding of the situation. Although there will still be some unfair things, the Europeans would at the very least understand what they are being accused of and perhaps have the power to fight back. Therefore, Europeans should not immigrate to America because they are powerless in America from the lack of understanding of the language and the laws.…

    • 1434 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    It makes a trip to the other side of the world and back a realistic vacation within the reach of many ordinary people, instead of something reserved for the ultra wealthy with yachts and no jobs. It makes the travel part of emigration across oceans a short flight, instead of a month's long voyage on a ship. It opened up worldwide markets for perishable goods (“how did the invention”). The development of travel has also played a large role in the development of international business and trade. Before the airplane, it was very difficult for businesses to operate on an international basis because their representatives couldn't conduct important business deals in person(“ how did the airplane”).…

    • 966 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    But due to the war with Spain, this colony failed. Next, England attempted to colonize again, calling this settlement Jamestown. The Virginia Company thought that Jamestown would be a great investment, although the settlement did not draw much profit. Just like the agreement between John Cabot and Henry VII, a portion of all goods must be imported back to England. The Native Americans and the colonists did not have a peaceful relationship.…

    • 813 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Decent Essays

    El Paso Miracle Analysis

    • 1127 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Giving facts about studies and research people have contributed to just to prove a point out, which is immigration is not as bad as others may see it. Radley Balko gives extraordinary examples of successful life stories of individuals who were descendants of immigrants without mentioning the highest average incomes and very little crime this country has. Many people have said that the border doesn’t actually separate the United States and Mexico, if not what it really does is joining them together more, it 's considered more of a philosophy with El Paso people. The article also talks about how immigration works in other countries such as Europe and apparently they’ve seen waves of crime and rioting, because they marginalize them. El Paso went against Washington on court to prevent construction of the border fence.…

    • 1127 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Improved Essays

    California is usually the major state that the immigrants would first seek for settle down, and it is the same for illegal immigrants. “Some illegal aliens are fearful that they will be required to pay back taxes for unreported income earned in previous years” (Chiswick 110). They are afraid of paying taxes/their money to the US government while they are also receiving the welfares from the state…

    • 1633 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Through this text he 's glorifying his discovery but not taking in the actions that his discovery led to. For example "The early movement of European people to America" which resulted in the Native Americans population decline dramatically. The reliability of his words wouldn 't be valuable since he 's a respected person in the country and he may have Christopher Columbus seem like a hero by using heroic diction to emphasize his importance to American history. On October 9, 2009, Barack Obama talked about Columbus impact. " Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a bold attempt to expand human understanding of the known world.…

    • 1306 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    John F. Kennedy once stated that, “We are the Nation of Immigrants”. Immigrants referring to; people who move to a foreign country in hopes of finding a better life for themselves. With this, anyone who has moved to America was at one point an immigrant. Some families have been in America for hundreds of years. Some have just been here for days.…

    • 1544 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays