Poetry Resources


  • Him Mark Lai; Genny Lim; Judy Yung, eds. Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island. University of Washington Press. June 1999. ISBN 978-0-295-97109-4.
  • Lim, Genny. Winter Place. Kearney St Workshop Press. ISBN 978-0-9609630-4-1.
  • Lim, Genny. Child of War. University of Hawaii Press. January 2003. ISBN 978-0-9709597-3-7.
  • Wong, Flo Oy. Dreaming of Glistening Pomelos. Ling Oy Press. September 2018. ISBN 9781732619807
  • Wong, Nellie. Breakfast Lunch Dinner: Poems. Meridien Press Works, 2012.
  • Wong, Nellie; Merle Woo; Mitsuye Yamada (2003). Three Asian American Writers Speak Out on Feminism. Seattle, Washington: Red Letter Press. ISBN 0-9725403-5-0.
  • Wong, Nellie (editor) (1999). Yolanda Alaniz (co-editor) (ed.). Voices of Color: Reports from the Front Lines of Resistance by Radicals of Color. Seattle, Washington: Red Letter Press. ISBN 0-932323-05-7.
  • Wong, Nellie (1997). Stolen Moments. Goshen, Connecticut: Chicory Blue Press. ISBN 1887344039.
  • Wong, Nellie (1986). The Death of Long Steam Lady. Los Angeles, California: West End Press. ISBN 0-931122-42-2.
  • Wong, Nellie (1977). Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park: Poems. Berkeley, California: Kelsey St. Press. ISBN 0-932716-14-8.


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  • Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center: Episode 5 – Legacy & Lineage: Genny Lim – From broadcast journalism to creative writing, Genny discusses the power of poetry and art to speak truth and transform systems. https://youtu.be/s9v1blDv8ps
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting: The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,“Angel Island.” 2000-09-05. Flo Oy Wong and Felicia Lowe take the ferry to Angel Island with Spencer Michels. Also interviewed: Li Keng Wong, Albert Wong, and historian Judy Yung. (begins at 45.37) AAPB ID cpb-aacip/507-8w3804z58x
  • Mitsuye and Nellie: Asian American Poets (1981) 58 minutes. DVD. This absorbing documentary by Allie Light and Irving Saraf examines the lives of Asian Americans through the inspirational poetry of Mitsuye Yamada and Nellie Wong. https://www.wmm.com/catalog/film/mitsuye-and-nellie/


Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation – AIISF preserves the rich stories of Pacific Coast immigrants and shares them through educational initiatives and public programs. https://www.aiisf.org/

  • Writing On the Walls: Learn more about the people, the history and the poetry – over 200 Chinese poems and hundreds other inscriptions can be found on the detention barracks walls – watch a video Discovering Angel Island: The Story Behind the Poems, read poetry examples (written in Chinese and English with audio recordings of readings in Toishanese) from Him Mark Lai, Genny Lim and Judy Yung’s book, Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940, and find educational resources for teaching Poetry in the Classroom. https://www.aiisf.org/poems-and-inscriptions
  • Voices of Resilience: An online exhibition celebrating the Angel Island Immigration Station’s historic poetry and poems submitted by the public (2020) https://www.aiisf.org/voicesofresilience


These archival websites were found using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

Kearny Street Workshop – Flo Oy Wong: made in usa: Angel Island Shhh (03/09/2009) https://web.archive.org/web/20090308080514/http://www.kearnystreet.org:80/AngelIsland/

Scholastic.com – Angel Island: Li Keng Wong’s Story (05/22/2011) https://web.archive.org/web/20110522092948/http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/asian-american/angel_island/

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