Island is a series of poems written by Chinese immigrants who were detained while and held in a prison while at angel island. While detained these immigrants where subject to very poor conditions and invasive and unnecessary medical testing. The impacts that this treatment had on the immigrants affected them psychologically and created a divisive attitude within the Chinese community . A primary reason for the Chinese to immigrate to America was because of the poor treatment they were facing in china such as low employment opportunities, excessive taxation, and a lower quality of life than that of America. A prominent theme in several of these poems was injustice. The united states pride itself on being a country of opportunity and having fair and just treatment of everyone yet Chinese along with other minorities within the united states faced unjust treatment and alienation. The Chinese immigrants were imprisoned because Americans felt they were inferior to other American citizens and carried various diseases.