Victoria Dominguez, 23, talks about leaving Mexico and settling into Pasadena. (Photo by Denise Malone.)

Victoria Dominguez, 23, talks about leaving Mexico and settling into Pasadena. (Photo by Denise Malone.)

A piece of the interview aired on KCRW’s Morning Edition on Dec. 2.

The last memory Victoria Dominguez conserves of Mexico is running up a hill to grab delicious frozen treats — raspados.

A native from Morelos, Mexico, she left with her mother and her sister to Pasadena, Calif., to start a new life. She was 7 years old.

Like many other other young immigrants, she can’t recall much of Morelos. And at a young age, she found herself adapting to Los Angeles more and more.

“I came in the second grade, so for me the transition wasn’t that hard,” she says. “I think the hardest transition was when I started interacting with other immigrant kids.”

Victoria, who was involved with the DREAMers movement in high school and college, says she realized it wasn’t about the “stereotypical” experience as a whole — being “suppressed” immigrants or vocal activists — but about individuals.

She identifies with other experiences. She paints a picture of a day in the life with her friends — including restaurants, shopping and book searching.

Sounds like an American girl, living in Los Angeles, who was uprooted from Mexico.

This interview was recorded in La Burbuja at CARECEN Los Angeles.

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