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Detained at Liberty's Door: The Story of Liberty Lost on Angel Island

A new exhibit at De Anza College's California History Center tells the story of one woman who was trapped between a Chinese and an American life on the island.

January 28, 2011 9:00am to June 24, 2011 4:00pm

This exhibit traces the formation of the Angel Island Immigration Station and highlights the inspiring story of Mrs. Lee Yoke Suey, the wife of an American-born citizen, who was detained for over 15 months on Angel Island. Only an association with one of California’s most powerful and iconic families secured her freedom.

The South Bay premier of this traveling exhibit will also feature a look at one of San José’s Chinatowns. Known as Heinlenville, this planned Chinese American community was established in 1887 near today’s Japantown. Using maps and photos, and through the interpretation of artifacts gathered from archeological excavations, this exhibit provides a glimpse into the daily life of those immigrants who gained their freedom and settled in the South Bay area.

The exhibit runs until June 24, Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 4 p.m.