Wednesday, October 08, 2008
angel island immigration center
I am researching Angel Island Immigration Station for another chapter of this book i'm writing, and just found the very interesting site of a photographer who apparently took pictures of the historic site. the historic site appears to use mannequins, and reconstructions of the detention station, and his photos have an eerie awkward quality to them that is pretty affecting. (the image at the top of this post is one of them.) his name is Thomas Chang.
Check some of them out here. Another batch is here.
there are also tons of maps floating around on the internets of angel island, many of which highlight its attractiveness as a tourist site-- apparently you can go biking and boating near the the old detention center. See this one for instance.
woah. what to say? except that oh, history sometimes feels really really troubling.