Angel Island: Poetic Waves is designed to deliver the early Asian American immigrant experience to the viewer. Utilizing the Web and multimedia, this project displays the poetry and interviews from immigrant detainees to give the most accurate description of their time on Angel Island. The content of Poetic Waves also includes an interactive timeine, photo gallery, and immigration station tour. This site was intended to portray the despair many detainees may have felt.

The main focus will be the translations of the poems through voice over. The site will use dark deep colors to represent fear. Hints of light will represent hope and optimism. In the “Poetry” section is where the animated translation will be. The use of the Chinese calligraphy will be an important aesthetic symbol throughout. I want to take advantage of the poetic language and narrate parts of the site in this tone. The “Tour” and “Timeline” sections will use a documentary style narrative accompanied by photography and video. The site will also include video interviews, an interactive timeline, a translated Chinese site, resources, and an area for people to post their own stories or experiences. A Web site will be the best vehicle because it has a large reach with minimal costs to the viewer. Those interested can get the experience without traveling to the station which is a one mile hike across Angel Island.

I want to challenge viewers to relate this story of Chinese immigrants to their own lives, and the struggles of immigrants from all races. This is an untold yet significant story in the evolution of America as a multi-cultural society and to the history of Chinese Americans. This story is an excellent representation of more than just the hardships of Chinese immigrants; it is in many ways about all of us.

Key Explorations: Racism vs. Human Will, Suffering vs. Courage, Survival vs. Adaption

Creators: Garman Yipinfo@poeticwaves.net | Native Interactive

Special thanks to…
Kai-Ying Tu, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Judy Yung, Katherine Toy, Alex Pineda, Terri and Nori Green (22Product), Mark Badger, Mitch Hudson, Lourdes Livingston, Bill Green, Min Roh, Scott Looney, Jamie Ferro, Mom and Dad, Barbara Blegen, Purvi Shah, Richard Boyden, Mom and Bobby, Feng Yan, Carolina de Bartolo, Jessyca Delprado.

Media courtesy of…
US National Park Servicea, Angel Island Association, National Archives, Cal Heritage Library – UC Berkeley, Library of Congress, Lowe Down Productions (video)

Audio narration by…
Jamie Ferro, Brandon Hill, Scott Looney, Feng Yan

Poetry transaltions from…
Island, Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940: University of Wanthington Press, 1980.