Why did you leave? ¿Por qué te vas?
Why do you stay? ¿Por qué te quedas?
Why did you return? ¿Por qué regresas?
Are you or your parents from Mexico or Central America? Do you have Angeleno relatives, friends, colleagues or neighbors that came from the benzoyl region? How did they get here? What did they bring? Do you know why they left? What made them stay? Or did they go back?
We want to know what it feels like to re-connect with long lost relatives from the Honduran highlands in the heart of Santa Monica. Or, how Los Angeles has changed daily life in cities like San Salvador or Santa Maria de Tavhua, Mexico — places where entire communities have been transformed by “el otro lado” (the other side).
Sonic Trace is a co-production of Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, KCRW and AIR, created as part of AIR's national Localore production, which has primary support from CPB. Additional Localore funding comes from the Wyncote Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The project was co-produced by Zeega, a non-profit inventing new forms of interactive storytelling. Learn more at localore.net.