Author: Media Director/Friday, June 16, 2023/Categories: Past Programs
ANGEL ISLAND: BREAKING THE SILENCE
Felicia Lowe, Producer, Director, Writer
Picturesque Angel Island is a haven for tourists, nature lovers, and hikers. While the island is the home of 740 acres of pristine parkland, including beautiful beaches, picnic areas, and hiking trails, it is most famous for its rich history. It was first used in the 1850s as a military reserve during the Civil War. In 1905, the War Department transferred 20 acres of land on the island to the Department of Commerce and Labor to establish an immigrant station.
FELICIA LOWE, a direct descendant of Angel Island detainees, tells the stories of the Chinese immigrants who landed at Angel Island. She is an award-winning independent media producer, director, and writer with 40+ years of production experience. Her documentaries, Chinese Couplets, Carved in Silence, Chinatown , and China: Land of My Father, reveal the unique experiences of the Chinese in America while underscoring our common humanity.
Lowe recently produced the animated video, A Journey Through Angel Island, and led the creative team that produced videos for the California Museum exhibit, Gold Mountain: Chinese Californian Stories. In September 2022, Lowe was recognized by the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles as a History Maker and presented with the Societal Transformation Award for her body of work. She is also the past board president of the Angel Island Immigration Foundation. Lowe is gratified to play a role in the preservation and restoration of this important National Historic Landmark.
In her talk, Felicia Lowe will introduce us to the Immigration Station at the island, a National Historic Landmark sometimes called the “Ellis Island of the West.” For thousands of immigrants crossing the Pacific, it was a prison which was built to enforce the Chinese Exclusion Acts (1882-1943). Their moving poetry during their time there can still be seen at the station. Her documentary, Carved in Silence, will take us back in time. It contains interviews with former detainees, historical footage and dramatic re-enactments, which all contribute to a seamless and moving narrative that will deepen our understanding of the complexities of U.S. immigration policies while providing us a better understanding of the history that is a part of Marin County.
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