How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Meet the Ocons of McArthur Park, a family of letterpress printers (Video)

In a panel this week at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, members of the families behind four of Los Angeles' most recognizable Latino-owned businesses - Tapatio hot sauce, Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, the Guelaguetza Oaxacan restaurants and Gaviña Gourmet Coffee - shared their stories.

During what became a surprisingly moving discussion, they spoke not only of their success, but of the drive to survive that inspired these businesses' immigrant founders, and the devotion that inspired their children to come back and work with them after college, in some cases after pursuing other careers.

Just like them are countless smaller immigrant family businesses throughout the region, many of which are operated by multiple generations. KPCC videographer Mae Ryan has profiled the Ocon family, which owns and operates Aardvark Letterpress in McArthur Park.

In the video Luis Ocon, an immigrant from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, and his two sons Cary and Brooks talk about their love for their craft, and the ties that bind them together.

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