Cover Photo: A poem written on one of the barrack walls at Angel Island Immigration Station | Photo by Teow Lim Goh
A poem written on one of the barrack walls at Angel Island Immigration Station | Photo by Teow Lim Goh

On Borders and Citizens

“My US citizenship is a kind of bulwark. It is not a guarantee of protection.”

photo of Angel Island by Teow Lim Goh

As the spouse of a US citizen, I could apply for citizenship within three years of receiving my green card, which I did. My citizenship grants me the inalienable right to live in this country. It also affirms that I am a part of the body politic.

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Dormitory at Angel Island  Immigration Station | wikipedia

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Angel Island Immigration Station | photo by cifraser1/flickr

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Teow Lim Goh is the author of Islanders (Conundrum Press, 2016), a volume of poems on the history of Chinese exclusion at the Angel Island Immigration Station. She lives in Denver.

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