Sonic Trace: Where are you from? Why did you stay?

Written by
Janet Lopez at La Burbuja (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

KCRW’s Sonic Trace is a story-telling project that begins in the heart of Los Angeles and crosses into Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The project gathers stories from immigrants across Los Angeles in a portable soundbooth, La Burbuja (The Bubble) to create an oral history mosaic of Los Angeles.

Some of these are collected below. The stories range from the challenges of adapting to a new culture, falling in love, living around the corner from Cesar Chavez, growing up in the worst projects in East LA, to being stopped by immigration. Listen below: