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Sign: Berkeley - Berkeley Poetry Walk - Chinese immigrant poet

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2036 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
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Being idle in the wooden building, I opened a window.
The morning breeze and bright moon lingered together.
I thought of my native village far away, cut off by clouds and mountains.
On the little island the wailing of cold, wild geese can be faintly heard.
The hero who has lost his way can talk meaninglessly of the sword.
The poet at the end of the road can only ascend a tower.

-anonymous Chinese immigrant detained at Angel Island
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Berklee’s poetry trail was laid in October 2003 along Edison Street between Shattuck and Milvia Streets. The route includes 128 metal plates with excerpts from songs, each of which is related in one way or another to the city of Berkeley.

The current plate features a poem by a Chinese immigrant who was at the immigration station on Angel Island, an island in the San Francisco Bay. The immigration station operated between 1910-1940 and it held and interrogated immigrants who arrived on the West Coast.




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