YOU are appearing before the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Immigration and Naturalization Service (I.N.S.) as a young, 12-year old Chinese immigrant arriving at Angel Island Immigration Station. Under the provisions of the Chinese Exclusion Act, your merchant father qualifies as one of the exempt classifications of Chinese immigrants permitted to enter the country and bring members of his family. Seated before you are two I.N.S. Inspectors, a Chinese-speaking Interpreter (who hopefully speaks your particular dialect of Chinese), and a clerk/stenographer who meticulously takes notes of the first of possibly two or more interrogations you will be taking.
Some phrases in this sample I.N.S. interrogation have been changed to update the language to present terms. See if you pass and are allowed to enter the United States as a person of Chinese ancestry during the Chinese Exclusion era, or whether you fail and are deported back to China!