Category: Reviews

‘Vivitos y Coleando’: The Cultural Politics of the Paisa Periphery

Adrián Félix When Gustavo Arellano of the Los Angeles Times interviewed me earlier this summer about the cultural politics of […]

The Machete of Memory: Roberto Lovato’s Memoir Unforgetting

Steven Osuna It has been 13 years since I first traveled to El Salvador. My father, Ramon, left his homeland […]

Lunch Ladies and the Fight for School Food Justice: A Superhero Origin Story

Christine Tran Plagued by unsavory stories in American popular culture, the lunch lady has been a mocked and villainized figure […]

The Politics of Living and Dying

Rachel Grace Newman Lupe Gómez migrated to California from a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico when he was very young. […]

In Search of Home: Cherríe Moraga’s Native Country of the Heart

Sandra Ruiz In the opening line of her memoir’s prologue, Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus, and […]

California Calls You

Leslie Lodwick In 1919, then unemployed Viennese architect Richard Neutra had not yet immigrated to the United States and was […]

Inland Shift: Towards a Radical Intercommunalism in the Inland Empire

J.T. Roane During a speech delivered at Boston College on November 18, 1970 Huey P. Newton extended Marxist-Leninist material dialecticism […]

American Fruit

Selective Narratives of Mobility, Place, and Race

Black Bruin Stories

Nickolas Hardy James W. Johnson’s The Black Bruins maps the rise of five former Bruins’ athletes who not only helped […]

Lynell George Sings Los Angeles

Mike Sonksen In the last few years, dozens of articles and think-pieces composed by cultural critics and urban pundits have […]