KALE AKI OPIO BELIEVED TO BE CHINESE
This Tuesday’s Star published a report from a correspondent living in San Francisco. When William Charles Achi, the son of our friend Kale Aki, was returning to school after spending some months at home, his name was on the list of Chinese passengers on the steamer Sierra, so he was not allowed to debark. After he stated he was not full Chinese and that he was three-fourths Hawaiian, and that he traveled in and out of the United States many times, and this was the first time he was released to go ashore. He was returning to Stanford University when he met with this obstacle on his trip.
This wasn’t the first time that a Hawaiian with mixed Chinese blood was detained, but there were many of those people, Therefore the wise thing for them to do would be to get in advance proof that they are American citizens by being born in Hawaii nei. Achi Jr. is not a stranger, but he has frequently visited the port of San Francisco, and it is as if this was an error carried out by the port security officers.
[See more on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 here.
Also, did you see the quilt the Achis gifted to the family W. C. Achi Jr. was staying with in Chicago posted by Bishop Museum the other day? Click here to check it out.]
(Aloha Aina, 9/9/1911, p. 2)