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A traveling exhibit dealing with the history of the Angel Island Immigration Station, sometimes known as "Ellis Island of the West".

Show Dates and Location

Exhibit Dates: October 12, 2008 - May 26, 2009

Exhibit Location: CSUEB University Library, Hayward Campus, Lower and Upper-Mall

Exhibit Promotional Statement

The Ellis Island of the West?

The Asian American Experience: Angel Island, 1910 – 1940

This exhibit – produced by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation – chronicles the experience of thousands of Asians who came to America between 1900 and 1940. Ferried from ships to the isolated Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay, they were greeted by an America far different from the land of opportunity that many called “Gold Mountain.” This exhibit discusses the attitudes, hopes, and fears of the immigrants, as well as the discrimination they encountered trying to gain entry to America.


A traveling CSUEB-based exhibit, produced by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

The Angel Island Immgration Station Foundation

To find out more about the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation - the producers of the traveling Gateway to Gold Mountain Exhibit - visit their website at  or use the following information to contact the AIISF:

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

5 Third Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-348-9200
Fax: 415-947-0699

Graphic Treatments for This Exhibit

Background on 6 Coordinated Exhibits

Six-in-One Exhibit Takes Over the Library!

As you can discern from elsewhere on this page, in 2008 the CSUEB Libraries invited 2 traveling exhibits and 4 CSUEB departmental players to participate in this unique festival centering on the Chinese Experience in California.

What is not so clear is that - at one point when all the exhibits were finally up - they seemed to overtake the library itself:

  • The Lower Mall was dedicated to the Immigration and Bay Area Asians panels, the traveling Remembering 1882 display, and the Asian Student Art Exhibit;
  • The Upper Mall was literally almost filled with the Anthropology-produced Ghosts of the Dam 10' panels and accompanying display cases;
  • Additionally on the Upper Mall, the Art Gallery's Stones & Bones display took over the Librarian's Alcove, and the Gateway to Gold Mountain free-standing panels took a footprint of 15' by 50' on the UM South Wall facing the Courtyard!

To make sense of it at this remote date, we recommend you visit the various component exhibits listed below or under the Past Exhibits tab at the top of this page.

You can link to new LibGuides for individual exhibits in this festival (as the Guides become available, links will be activated):

Traveling Exhibits:

CSUEB-Produced Exhibits:

Hope you enjoy what you see!

- DA

Exhibit Producer & Guide

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Dick Apple
I am available for meetings in the Library by appointment.

Please contact Library Administration by phone (below), or email me (preferred).
(510) 885-3664
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Exhibit Backstory

The Gateway to Gold Mountain exhibit was one of six displays that the Library coordinated, starting in Fall Quarter 2008. Each exhibit illuminated some aspect of the Chinese American experience in California, inspired by this visiting show.

Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act dealt with the Chinese Exclusion Act of that year, and had a profound historical influence on all aspects of life for the Chinese living in California for the next 100 years and beyond.

Gateway to Gold Mountain was produced by the Angel Island Immigration Foundation to highlight the history of that port of entry in the middle of San Francisco Bay. University Librarian Myoung-ja Lee Kwon and I first viewed it in the early 2000s, when it was showing in the San Francisco Presidio. Kwon managed to get the exhibit for the CSUEB Library, and, in subsequent years, we had the privilege of coordinating the display in its travels around the country.

We had shown various aspects of Gateway to Gold Mountain on two occasions before we obtained a booking for the Remembering 1882 traveling exhibit. We were coming to the end of our role as Gateway's host, and the conjunction of the two historical topics was so strong, that we chose to coordinate the two traveling displays. Very soon, we were afforded additional opportunities to invite the other 4 exhibits to a Chinese-American exhibit festival within the Library!

- DA



Produced by The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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