Wild Geese Sorrow : The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island
The first new translation in 40 years takes readers through the deep anger, sorrow, and loneliness felt by Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910-1940. Sequenced to narrate their experiences, these poems tell of arrival, long detentions, medical exams, political outrage, and for some, eventual deportation. Readers will also learn the nuances of literary translation and about a critical period of American immigrant history, information essential to our contemporary policy debates.
Jeffrey Thomas Leong is a poet and writer raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. While earning his MFA degree at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he began to translate anew the Chinese wall poems found at Angel Island. His writing has appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Crab Orchard, Hyphen, Spillway, and other publications. For over twenty years he worked as a public health administrator and attorney for the City of San Francisco. He lives with his wife and daughter in the East Bay.