Dear Grandfather, December 22, 1880 We finally arrived, mother father and I. we all miss you grandmother and china so much. How is everything, we are all fine… We got off Angel Island three days ago and now we are at our new home. Its not the greatest especially compared to our home with you and grandmother in China, but I have to say that anything is better than the ship ride here, to America. It was so horrible.
It was stinky and dirty and so crowded. Remember the night that you dropped us off at the dock and how many people was there well multiply that by like 100. They were such a long line to the ship and that was only the begging of our line standing. We did not get on the ship until around two in the morning.
We went through inspections and they asked mother and father questions about our old life and what we hope to get out of our new life. I guess father answer all the questions right and our little family met the requirements because even though I was very tired we got to skip some lines and pass up a lot of people. I felt bad but I was also happy to go to our room and go to sleep. Our room was very small with one bed and the bathroom was connected to another family’s room. The food was very blain and different made me miss Grandmother’s cooking so much.
There were so many different people on the ship, mostly they all spoke in the language that was from the country they came from and some spoke English. Everybody looked so different and acted so different also. The ship ride was like a pre view of Angel Island. I didn’t realize how many people were on the ship until I got off. Every where you looked there were so many people carrying there luggage, trying to keep their whole family together, and trying to get into line before it got any longer. No matter what and how many people added onto the lines they seemed to go on forever, but after you get through the first one it is not too bad.
As I was reading the story "The Ultimate Safari," by Nadine Gordimer, I was frustrated by the simplicity and repetitiveness by which she writes. I think it was because it was different then anything else I had read, but when I had to write a paper on a good story that story was the first one to come to mind. All stories have good and bad points by which readers judge them. Most of the time the ...
The first line they collect all the information about you and your family and ask a lot of questions after that they split up the males from the females and then we go through the physical exception lines. They checked us up and down, from the top of our hair all the way down to how our feet are and how we walk. After we passed through that line we took a picture and went out to meet father again. I was so happy to see him again. Then the last line we had to stand through was a line to get our tickets for the, but that was going to take us to our new home in America. While I stood in that line with my father on my left and my mother on my right I looked forward and realized that is where my family is going straight forward I felt so good in side and so ready for anything.
It was very late by the time we got onto our bus but I could still see outside the window, so many lights lit up the city called San Francisco. I was so beautiful. We arrived to our new house very late but I wasn’t tired at all just excited. Well it is not very big it has two bed rooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and a living room. We live in what Americans call an apartment witch is a bunch of houses put together in one building.
The past few days that I have been here I have seen so many things and made so many friends that live in the apartment and down the street. Mother has even made some new friends. Most of my new friends are in my class at school and I am teaching my neighbor Palo English. Father really likes his job he has not come home one day with out a smile on his face.
He has met a man that has come from China also he says that e just came to see if he wants the rest of his family to come and they are. I told father and mother I thing that you and Grandmother should come. I think every thing is worth it even the ship ride. I miss you and Grandmother so much and I would be so happy if u came to live here in America with us and I know you would be happy here too. Well it is very late and I still have some homework to do. Write back as soon as you receive this letter.
I read 'A Child Called It.' It was about the problems of a boy named Dave Pelzer. Dave was put through hard times and at some point lost hope in his dreams and doubted the humanity of mankind, but in the end because of his strong will he was able to overcome his problems and make a better life for himself. When Dave was younger him and his brothers, Ronald and Stan were happy in a normal family ...
I love you. Love always your granddaughter, Mulan Chang P. S. And don not forget to think about coming to live here I miss you so much and I know you will be happy here.