Del Sol Performing Arts Organization’s “ANGEL ISLAND INSIGHT” explores the history of the Angel Island Immigration Station by offering a suite of virtual and in-person programs that examines the musicality of the disappearing Hoisan-wa dialect by The Last Hoisan Poets and The Del Sol Quartet.

These presentations expand public engagement with composer Huang Ruo’s Angel Island – Oratorio for Voices and Strings. Inspired by the poems carved into the walls at the detention center at Angel Island Immigration Station during the Chinese Exclusion Act years, this new work takes a deep look at discrimination and immigration issues in our nation.

World premiere of ANGEL ISLAND – Oratorio for Voices and Strings Friday, October 22 2021, 8pm; Presidio Theatre, San Francisco. Performed by Del Sol Quartet and Volti, directed by Robert Geary. Performances on Angel Island on Saturday, October 23, 2021, pending safety restrictions.

Angel Island Insight: The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol

Flo Oy Wong, Genny Lim & Nellie Wong

Three descendants of Angel Island immigrants, The Last Hoisan Poets – Genny Lim, Flo Oy Wong and Nellie Wong – use poetry to speak their individual truths and creatively reclaim the Hoisan-wa language and culture, with performances by the Del Sol Quartet, and music by Asian-American composers.

An online program, ANGEL ISLAND INSIGHT at the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s United States of Asian American Festival 2021, was held via Zoom on May 22, 2021, 2pm.

SF WEDNESDAYS at Union Square: ANGEL ISLAND INSIGHT with The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol Quartet — FREE public performance Wednesday, October 6, 12 pm – 2pm in Union Square.

Angel Island: In Sight 2021 – Online Photography Exhibit

“Angel Island: In Sight 2021” is a visual storytelling project focused on Angel Island. The general public is invited to help to create a collective portrait of Angel Island by sharing their views of the island – from near and far, past and present.

The Angel Island Insight digital gallery will be established to display these photo contributions from the public together with images by featured photographers who have documented Angel Island’s natural and cultural history, with images by Lenore Chinn, Imogen Cunningham, Arthur Genthe, Christine Huhn, Eadweard Muybridge, Mark Shigenaga, and The Jade Snow Wong Family.

Digital images from gallery will be shared with audiences across the United States in future performances of “Angel Island Oratorio” by Del Sol Quartet.

Use the hashtag #angelislandinsight to share on social media.


Photo Submission deadline: October 18, 2021.

Copyright of photo submissions remains the property of the participants, and work will be properly attributed.

Angel Island Insights at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Angel Island Insights with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Presidio

Explore Angel Island history through stories, poetry, and music at this in-person event in the Presidio with OLLI: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 1:00pm-3:30pm. Cost: $35.00

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A mini-course of Angel Island’s poetic history in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University. Participants will learn about the historic poems carved into the walls of the detention barracks, as well as the experiences of Chinese immigrants on Angel Island, through primary documents and personal stories.

Led by Angel Island descendant Andi Wong, “Angel Island Insight” brings to life the compelling tale of community resolve and collective advocacy that preserved American history on Angel Island. Participants will experience the musicality of Hoisan-wa, the original dialect spoken by the Chinese immigrants, and enjoy a musical performance by the Del Sol Quartet, who will speak about the process of creating a brand new work of art inspired by Angel Island history.

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ANGEL ISLAND INSIGHT, Del Sol Quartet’s community program was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit