"The poems at Angel Island are among the most dramatic finds in American literature" writes Karen L. Polster at the University of California, Riverside. Between 1910 and 1940, as many as 175,000 Chinese immigrants were detained and processed at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco, California. While interred under harsh conditions, many people carved poems into the Douglas Fir wallboards. More than graffiti, these poems have become a touchstone for aspects of the Chinese experience in California.
The Museum of Chinese in America, when planning their new building in New York City, chose to include a prominent reference to the poems at Angel Island. Cynthia Lee, VP of Exhibitions, Programs & Collections for MOCA, proposed creating a replica of an important poem in the Immigrant Station. While there are hundreds of poems carved into the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station, a poem referred to as #69 is regarded as an especially fine example of classical Cantonese techniques.
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The Smithsonian Museum's work in 3D Digitization. INSIGHT Board member Kelly Roberson brought the Smithsonian's recent 3D work to our attention, including publicly accessible data for 3D printing similar to INSIGHT's Maya Skies Archive (www.mayaskies.net). To read more about the Smithsonian's plans, please see this news story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/smithsonian-museum-artifacts-can-now-be-3d-printed-at-home-1.2424898
Current Questions in Authenticity. This day-long symposium at UC Berkeley will be held February 3, 2012, as is open to the public. Several people on the INSIGHT team will be participating. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP to:
INSIGHT's Kevin Cain is serving on the International Scientific Committee for VAST 2011. The International Symposium of Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Culture Heritage (VAST) conference will be held October 18-21, 2011, in Prato, Tuscany, Italy. Kevin previously co-chaired VAST 2004, gave the keynote for VAST 2003 and has presented papers in other years.
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