How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

What's it like to be part of a cross-cultural, multigenerational family business?

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The immigrant family business has traditionally been a way for the first generation to launch the second into a better life, with the parents who spend their days toiling in small restaurants, convenience stores and countless other small businesses putting their savings away for their children's education. But what happens when the children come back to work with them?

This is going to be the subject of a panel next week at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, which I'll be moderating. The panelists joining me will be members of the families behind some of Los Angeles' most iconic Latino businesses: Tapatío hot sauce, Porto's Bakery, Gaviña Gourmet Coffee and the Guelaguetza restaurant chain.

The latter, a favorite eatery for years, made me do a double take last year when I saw the Guelaguetza posting updates on Twitter - the influence, it turns out, of the twentysomething daughter and son of the restaurants' Oaxacan immigrant founders.