Genny Lim

Genny Lim is a native San Franciscan and daughter of Chinese immigrants who were detained on Angel Island. Her research into the history of Chinese Immigrants detained on Angel Island began in 1970 when a park ranger discovered Chinese inscriptions on the barrack walls of crumbling buildings on Angel Island. He notified the Asian American community and efforts were soon made to preserve the barracks along with the poetry inscribed on the interior walls by former detainees. Together with Chinese American historian Him Mark Lai, Genny translated the poems written or carved on the walls from Chinese to English. Judy Yung helped coordinate the oral histories the three conducted of former detainees and immigration staff who had worked at the station. Their work culminated in the book “Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island,” which received an American Book Award. Lim wrote the play “Paper Angels” in an effort to inform a wider public about the human toll that the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 had on the Chinese. The play has been produced throughout the U.S., in Canada, and in and China and received numerous awards including the San Francisco and Seattle Fringe Festival Awards.

Current Schedule

2019 - On a Symphonic Note: Berkeley Symphony & the Bay Area Book Festival Present Original Music Celebrating Bay Area Poets