The arrival in Ellis Island of
people from the Philippines,
Japan, China, India, Korea, Thailand and other Asian countries remain largely unknown to us. Although, the U.S.
immigration law favor those who were coming from Europe during the period
Ellis Island operated as an entry port for immigrants, however the records of ship manifests kept by the Ellis Island Foundation reveal
that thousands of non Europeans went thru Ellis Island, some working in the very ships that brought the European immigrants
to the United States. Others came while working as seafarers in
domestic as well as international cargo ships. Some came as their country's government officials, members of the diplomatic
delegations, business community, students or simply as travelers. (Source: Filipinos in Ellis Island
by Maria Elizabeth Del Valle Embry, cover page article of Heritage Matters, a National Parks Service U.S. Department of Interior Newsletter
Since it is not possible
to go thru the entire ship manifest, we are therefore limiting our
task in mainly listing some of the arrivals.
In bringing to light the previously
unknown role of the Asians in the history of Ellis Island, we hope to inspire others to study further the ship manifest records
and share with us the untold stories of Ellis Island.
Additionally, we call the attention
of individuals who are able to enrich the history of Ellis Island by participating in the
Oral History Project and in providing missing photos & information about the ships to the Ellis Island Foundation.
Elizabeth Del Valle Embry is solely responsible for the content of this website and should not be interpreted as representing
or endorsing the opinions or policies of the Ellis Island Foundation, National Park Service or any government agencies.
financial or other benefits will ever be solicited by the website owner or any other individual from our Asians in Ellis Island research project