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"Library of Opaque Memory": Spectral Archives in Brandon Som, Mai Der Vang and Bhanu Kapil

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Contemporary Poetry Archive: Essays and Interventions
EditorsLinda Anderson, Mark Byers, Ahren Warner
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Chapter8
Pages124-42
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)1474432433
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2019

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Once called the ‘Ellis Island of the West’, the immigration station on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay began to operate in 1910. Unlike at Ellis Island, the majority of immigrants passing through Angel Island came from Asian countries, its main purpose being enforcement of the Chinese Exclusion Acts passed by Congress from 1882. Designed to stem the flow of Chinese labourers increasingly regarded as a threat to low-waged jobs, the 1882 Act was the first federal immigration policy in US history to target a specific nation or race. In 1970, thirty years after Angel Island was abandoned...

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