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Pop Culture Classroom releases comic, teaching guide on California’s “Ellis Island of the West.” 

Denver, CO – May 15, 2024 – Pop Culture Classroom is pleased to announce the release of “Immigration at Angel Island,” its latest issue in the Colorful History comic series that offers educators and students in grades 4-6 a poignant exploration of a crucial chapter in U.S. history.

“In ‘Immigration at Angel Island,’ readers follow the story of a young girl discovering her great-grandmother’s experiences at the Angel Island Immigration Station. Through her story and the educational resources that we’ve included, students can learn about the challenges that many immigrants faced at Angel Island and the broader implications of the Chinese Exclusion Act.”

Matt Slayter, Pop Culture Classroom’s Director of Education.

Angel Island Immigration Station, often referred to as “the Ellis Island of the West,” holds a significant place in American history. However, its story is one of hardship and discrimination, particularly for Chinese and East Asian immigrants who sought entry to the United States during its operation.

Constructed to enforce the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Angel Island processed primarily immigrants from China and East Asia between 1910 and 1940. These individuals faced harsh conditions, prolonged detention, and discriminatory practices, with many being denied entry or deported under the restrictive immigration policies of the time.

“By examining the history of Angel Island, students can gain a deeper understanding of U.S. history, enhance their understanding of immigration narratives, and foster empathy for marginalized communities. This issue of Colorful History serves as a valuable educational tool, especially during this month’s Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.”

Matt Slayter, Pop Culture Classroom’s Director of Education

“Immigration at Angel Island” is available as a free download now at Educators and parents are encouraged to access this essential resource to promote historical literacy and foster meaningful discussions with students.

The comic is accompanied by comprehensive endnotes and a teaching guide aligned with Common Core standards for grades 4-6. This resource includes discussion questions, project ideas, and media pairings to facilitate deeper engagement with the historical content.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Chris Burley
Pop Culture Classroom
Email: c.burley[at]popcultureclassroom[dot]org

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