standpoint of this gives the readers a better idea of what made the
immigrants write as they did. It also gives the readers a chance to
understand the choice of words and subjects they chose to put into their
writing. Different things could have made them think the way they did
such as past experiences and their lifestyle at the time. People from
different regions of Asia think differently, therefore there is a diversity
of thoughts represented in the poems. Here are just some of the major
terms mentioned in the majority of their poetry:
In the Chinese culture they honor the god with goods on holidays in
order for them to watch and protect them. Since the immigrants were
imprisoned on Angel Island, they could not honor their god, and felt
ashamed. Humiliation is taken very seriously, and they no longer feel
they can face their families.
They all felt homesick. After having their dreams crushed, they only
long to see their family and country again. They felt guilty for promising
their family riches only to have them starve since the males, who were
usually the member of each family sent to America.
With all the things going on around them, they feel no control over
their lives. They feel as if they're guilty of a crime they never committed.
They are held trapped in a wooden box brutalized. At times they can
no longer tell the difference between reality and their drunken dreams.
loneliness behind the tears and the pain calls out to you. They have
no loved ones around them, but only other depressed ones to share their
sorrow. Many of those detainees had depression once admitted into the