May 1 – May 31, Angel Island Immigration Station
The history of the former US Immigration Station at Angel Island is directly linked to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The passage of this law marked the first time in our nation’s history that a specific country was singled out. The law prohibited Chinese laborers from entering the US and barred the Chinese from becoming U.S. citizens. In the decades that followed, additional exclusionary immigration laws and policies were passed that impacted most countries from Asia and the Pacific.
May 6, 2022 marks 140 years since the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. AIISF’s Lighting the Darkness exhibition is a solemn reminder of the many lives, families, and communities who were impacted by this and similar laws. It also pays tribute to the strengths and ongoing contributions of immigrants then and now.