Tracing Points

Each Friday, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.

White House eases pressure on immigration reform

President Obama said he isn’t going to use executive action to push immigration reform forward. According to Politico, a White House spokesman said they will let the House take action on the subject. (Before the holiday break,  Obama urged Congress to pass immigration reform, while immigration activists protested against the high number of deportations. )

Fewer immigrants moved to the U.S. in 2013

Due to the bad economy, the number of immigrants entering the U.S. has slightly fallen, according to U.S. Census data. While 2012 saw an uptick in new immigrants —866,000 overall — last year’s figures dropped to 843,000. On average, 884,000 new immigrants come to the U.S. each year.

(h/t: the Wall Street Journal)

LA-based artist paints the city’s immigrant workers in a positive light

Ramiro Gomez Jr. threads wire into his cardboard piece to tie it on a fence at a West Los Angeles home. (Photo: Brian De Los Santos)

Ramiro Gomez Jr. threads wire into his cardboard piece to tie it on a fence at a West Los Angeles home. (Photo: Brian De Los Santos)

Ramiro Gomez Jr. has worked on different types of canvases — cardboard, walls and 301 Moved Permanently magazine ads. And all highlight one theme; immigrant workers. A nanny himself, he began documenting the roles of immigrant workers in plush homes with his art.

“They’re much more than a gardener. They have friends, families and loved ones. And I’m trying to ask you to look into them a little more,” Gomez told PRI’s The World.

Check out the interview here. Some of his work will be featured at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.

 Will the Mexican voices in American TV shows get lost in translation?

Eduardo Rámirez may not be a familiar name to you, but those who watch “The Simpsons” in Spanish-speaking countries, he’s Homer. He part of the voice dubbing community in Mexico. And for the most part, it’s been primarily Mexicans adapting voices for those audiences. But they don’t get paid the same money as American actors, and more Mexican voices are being replaced by cheaper talent — mostly by South Americans who’ve adopted the Mexican accent.

(h/t: PRI’s The World)

This week’s Sonic Trace interview…

The task of teaching both cultures

When Susana Zamora came to the U.S., everything was new to her. The streets, the people and

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especially the culture.

“ It’s hard to explain Easter with the bunny and

eggs — we know bunnies don’t lay eggs!” she says.

She brought her two daughters, Neidi and Victoria, when they were young. And as a mom, she wanted her daughters to learn U.S. customs — you know, like egg hunting, Christmas songs and celebrating July 4th. At the same time, Susana wanted to introduce them to Mexican traditions.

Listen here.



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