RESOLUTION OF THE
ORGANIZATION OF CHINESE AMERICANS SUPPORTING THE APPROPRIATIONS OF $15 MILLION
FOR THE PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION OF THE ANGEL ISLAND
July 21, 2002
million in federal funding for the preservation of Angel Island is now before Congress
plans include rebuilding the pier to make it more accessible to the public; restoring a
building for an educational and genealogical center, and creating a footprint of the former
administration building WHEREAS total
estimation cost is $30-$32 million
1997 the Angel Island Immigration Station was designated as a National
Historic Landmark, where approximately one million people processed
through between 1910-1940, many of who came from China and other parts of Asia. As a result of severe exclusionary
many new arrivals to Angel Island were held in barracks for extended
periods of time and were subject to intense interrogations. Some detainees carved poignant poems into
the walls of these barracks that can still
be seen today.
2000 it was designated as one of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic
Places" and became an official project of the Save America's Treasurers, a
joint program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White
House Millennium Council.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OCA supports federal
appropriations for Angel
Island Immigration Station
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the OCA President, on
behalf of the OCA membership, shall write to Congress
to request the appropriation of $15 million
for the preservation of Angel Island Immigration Station.
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that OCA recognizes the
historical and emotional significance of preserving this national landmark.