On Saturday, 2016 Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11am to 3pm is the 3rd annual Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation. Just be sure to catch the 9:45am San Francisco ferry or the 10 am ferry from Tiburon to make the opening ceremony.
This year’s theme is "Family Reunion" and will focus on honoring the immigrant ancestors and rediscovering the history of the Japanese and Japanese American legacy at Angel Island. From 1910 to 1940, a total of 85,000 people of Japanese descent passed through here before being allowed to set foot in the U.S.
|CGS Volunteers from the 2015 Pilgrimage|
A group of volunteers from the California Genealogical Society (CGS), led by President Linda Okazaki, will be there to help people begin tracing their family history.
“Most people are curious about their family history. They want to know how to unveil the mystery of the past and understand the lives of their ancestors,” says Linda.
Linda has researched her husband’s Japanese ancestry and this journey has led her to discover everything from Immigration Records to Evacuee Case Files to DNA --- with many more intriguing bits in between.
Who’s involved with this effort?
The Nichi Bei Foundation also partnered with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation & National Japanese American Historical Society along with support from the California State Parks, California Genealogical Society, San Francisco State University Asian American Studies, San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, and J-Sei.
What will be on display?
Historical exhibits specific to the Japanese and Japanese American experience on Angel Island, including those sent there from Hawai‘i during World War II
Who will be recognized?
- Professor Charles Egan, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, San Francisco State University who translated poems published in the Nichi Bei Shimbun written by Issei between 1910 and 1924.
- The Hokoda family, whose descendants wrote the oldest known writing found in the Immigration Station barracks, who are from Hiroshima Prefecture. They were discovered by Professor Egan and visited the Immigration Station for the first time last year.
- Talk on "Nikkei at Angel Island" by San Francisco State University Asian American Studies Professor Christen Sasaki, Ph.D.
- Musical performances by Berkeley Genyukai and Friends, along with Cal Raijin Taiko of UC Berkeley
- Storytelling vignettes
- Children’s activities
Stop by and say hello to Linda and the volunteers if you attend.
Photos courtesy of Linda Okazaki
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