My sister Song and I, Yat-sen, begin to make our way to America. However, we must cross the Pacific and get through the immigration station of Angel Island, where we might have to lie and stay there for weeks to gain entry into America.
My sister Song and I debate about leaving China. I eventually win.
Song, life here is unbearable. We must run away to America.
But Yat-sen, we have no money.
We wait at the port for the ship to come, but we must look normal so we will not be caught.
Luckily, we got onto the ship. Unfortunately, we were put in the worst conditions.
YAT-SEN! I'm hungry, it smells bad, I can't find anywhere to sleep, and I keep bumping into people!
People have to cram into the pads on the floor. There weren't many, and we were lucky to get one.
Angry-looking men look over us to see if we can enter. He asks us if we have any family here. I lie and tell him yes, though it is hard because I barely know English.
Do you have any family here, kid?
The mean men ask me many questions about the village my "paper father" came from. It was our own village, so I had no problem. However, we still had to stay there for three weeks.