Angelino, Angeleno, Angeleño: Who are we?
In a sprawling metropolis as populous and diverse as Los Angeles, identity/identification can be complex, if not complicated. Where we live, work, worship; where we go, play, and eat – all of this contributes to our sense of who we are in relation to the city and to one another. On Tuesday, March 29, KPCC’s Leslie Berestein Rojas (KPCC’s “Multi-American” blogger/curator and immigration reporter) moderated an audience-inclusive, interactive discussion with panelists D.J. Waldie (author, KCET “Departures” blogger) and Dr. Eric Avila (Professor, Urban and Cultural History). Leslie Berestein Rojas is a reporter/blogger covering emerging communities for 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. Ms Berestein Rojas is a native of Cuba and was raised in Los Angeles. She comes to KPCC from the San Diego Union-Tribune, where she covered immigration issues from the US-Mexico border. In addition to her work in San Diego, Ms. Berestein Rojas has reported from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, Time, People and People en Español. Take a look at Leslie's Multi-American Blog. D. J. Waldie, the author of Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir and other books, was named one of the city’s most influential interpreters by Los Angeles magazine in 2006 and called “a gorgeous distiller of architectural and social history” by the New York Times in 2007. He is a contributing writer at Los Angeles magazine and a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times. His book reviews and commentary have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. D. J. Waldie was formerly the Deputy City Manager of Lakewood, California. Check out D.J. Waldie's KCET post “Angelino, Angeleno, Angeleño” Eric Avila is an associate professor of Chicano Studies, History and Urban Planning at UCLA. He is author of Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles," published by the University of California Press in 2004. At UCLA, his courses cover the history of Los Angeles, the history of Mexican Americans, and the broader history of cities and their culture. He is currently writing a second book project, titled The Folklore of the Freeway: An Alternative History of Highway Construction in Urban America. Photo Credit: David McNew, Getty Images