[Blog] Jose Antonio Vargas at USC: Journalism, Immigration + 11 Million More Stories
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[Blog] Jose Antonio Vargas at USC: Journalism, Immigration + 11 Million More Stories

When writer Jose Antonio Vargas spoke recently at USC, we learned that his struggles as an undocumented immigrant fueled his career in journalism. “If I can’t be here because I don’t have the right papers, what if I’m on the paper?” he had thought as a high schooler. “How can they say I don’t exist?” For Vargas, writing became a way to prove his existence in America, documents be damned. And more important, it motivated him to “succeed my way into citizenship.” Citizenship continues to elude him, though. To push for change, he shares his story around the United States with groups from college students to Tea Party members. Continue reading

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[Blog] We All Love Spaghetti and Meatballs | Todos Amamos a Espagueti con Albóndigas
Filpino / FOOD / Immigration Issues / Italian

[Blog] We All Love Spaghetti and Meatballs | Todos Amamos a Espagueti con Albóndigas

This post was originally written in Spanish for the “Los Angeles Culinary Culture” blog at USC, part of professor Sarah Portnoy’s upper-level Spanish course on Latino food in L.A. Scroll down for English, or turn to Page 2 for the Spanish…..Every big gathering with my Italian family in Connecticut has been marked by one thing: food. In particular, spaghetti with meatballs…. Continue reading

Filpino / Northeast LA / Occidental Weekly

[Oxy Weekly] Exploring the Philippines in Occidental’s Backyard

By: Daina Beth Solomon Issue date: 3/25/09 Section: Features The façade of Eagle Rock Plaza is unremarkable. Some might call it ugly. Street-level stores suggest a predictable American mall, featuring Chuck E. Cheese, Macy’s and Target. But underneath, nothing is ordinary. An oasis of cultural delight and wonder hides on the lower level. Tangy, tantalizing … Continue reading