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East L.A. is significant to me for a couple of reasons. It started off with the opportunity it gave my dad, but before getting to that point, here’s a little history that would help you understand this more. My dad came from a little pueblo in Jalisco called...

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Making new history

People always ask me why my family and I moved to East L.A. I tell people it is because the rent is cheaper in East L.A., but that’s not the truth. The real reason we moved to East L.A. is because my mom lost the house in Ontario. A lot of people always ask, “Where is...

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What I call home

I lived in Pico Rivera with my mother and father. My mother discovered a job in East Los Angeles at the First Street Store, a landmark that was sold and is being turned into a charter school. My mom was having problems with my dad, and we ended up moving to an...

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My great escape

East L.A. is the community I was brought up in for the majority of my life. My family has never strayed too far from the borders of East L.A. As far as I know, three generations of my family have settled and made a living in this community. I never believed I had...

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Experiencing new cultures

I recently moved to East Los Angeles from Chalatenango, El Salvador. When I first moved to this community, I could not speak English and I was scared that no one would speak my language. Fortunately, East Los Angeles is a community where mostly Hispanic people reside,...

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Not the outcasts

Growing up in East Los Angeles hasn’t always been the best thing in the world. Since I’m a baseball player I’ve traveled a lot. Whenever we play in another city, people always see us as outcasts. Other teams always give us a look of disgust when we tell them we are...

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Never forget where you’re from

I was born and raised in East L.A., which is not really a bad thing. After all, everything turned out for the better. I had friends right across the street from me, and I went  to school on the other side of my block of Hamel Elementary School. The school had been...

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Family time

I was 10 years old when I first came to East L.A. It’s also been 10 years since I’ve seen my father. I was born in San Bernardino. It was my mother’s decision to come to East L.A. to have a better life, for her to have an opportunity to work, and for my siblings and I...

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Our roots are planted here

East Los Angeles has been my hometown for my entire life. Being born and raised here has been a unique experience, compared to other places I have lived in. I’m indecisive about my perspective of East L.A. The negative and positive attributes balance out. There are...

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One of the boys

East L.A. has shaped my life in many different ways, and I don’t deny my roots. It’s because of East L.A. that I can describe myself as a strong, independent, young lady that will face all the challenges the world will throw my way. I am a girl that is strong in...