Making Music and Memories With a Oaxacan Band

PhD student Daina Sanchez is studying how being in a Oaxacan band in Los Angeles affects young people’s Oaxacan identity. So every week, she attends a youth Oaxacan band practice in Koreatown. And even though she’s studying these students, the music is having an effect on her too. Daina begins to think of her grandparents who lived in Oaxaca. She gets nostalgic, wishing they could still be alive. And yet, she’s also happy that she has these very satisfying, vivid memories of them.

--Produced by Shara Morris