A Raumo Egyptian cigarettes package from 1914-15 contained an accompanying "coaching note" in Chinese. Hopeful immigrants would memorize answers to make sure they were responding to questions from immigration officials correctly. A note was found hidden in this pack and reads, "Grandmother bound feet. Chun Seak with me not recognize. Sure remember."
The wedding photograph of Wong Lan Fong and Yee Shew Ning, in front of the Mei Yi Mei Church, a Chinese Methodist Church, at the island of Honam, across the Pearl River from Canton (now Guangzhou) in 1926.
Wong Lan Fong only spent one to two nights at Angel Island at a time when most were detained for up to two weeks. This is Fong's "Declaration of Non-immigrant Alien about to Depart for the United States" document from April 27, 1927.
In the first page of Michael Pupa's pre-hearing summary from 1951, under "additional comments", it says "Parents taken to ghetto in 1942 supposed to be shot." Pupa, who is now 73, is the only living individual featured in the exhibit.
When tragedies happen, comparisons are always made to past events. It's become part of the news coverage of the Aurora, Colo., theater rampage to refer to it as "one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history," as The Associated Press says.
There's another dimension to that unfolding LIBOR scandal which cost Barclays, the British bank, its CEO and $450 million in fines after it was revealed that the bank had been manipulating international lending rates. Attention has shifted to why U.S. financial regulators, who knew about the rate rigging, didn't move to stop it more swiftly.
We're going to put that question to Robert Smith, correspondent for NPR's Planet Money. He joins us from New York. Robert, thanks for being with us.
Opposition activists in Syria report that there's been another day of heavy shelling in a number of cities, as rebel fighters continue their guerrilla war to topple President Bashar Assad. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Peter Kenyon in Beirut, which has seen a huge increase in refugees in recent days.
American flags are flying at half-staff today over the White House, and elsewhere in the country. The shootings in Aurora have silenced politics as usual - at least, for the moment. The Romney and Obama campaigns have both pulled their TV ads from the air in Colorado, a state that had three top political advertising markets in the country this week. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on a somber day on the campaign trail.