Food brings people together. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, you may share the same love for sushi as you do for tacos – and LA is a city that blends all cultures together. That’s what Natalia Molina, a professor of American studies and ethnicity at USC, is talking about in her new book “Place-Makers: The Story of an Ethnic Mexican Community in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles,” which explores the restaurant’s history as an urban anchor for immigrants.
Aside from that, Molina, has spent nearly two decades exploring how long-held stereotypes and narratives of immigrant communities have shaped our views about race and public policy, and on Tuesday morning, she was named a 2020 MacArthur fellow, recognized by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for “revealing how narratives of racial difference that were constructed and applied to immigrant groups a century ago continue to shape national policy today.”
Not surprisingly, Molina has been busy these days – with the pandemic and the current political climate, as a media personality having done more than a dozen interviews for TV, radio and print outlets on “race, health, place and how we remember history,” including the toppling of the Junipero Serra statue in downtown L.A. and forced sterilization at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Georgia.
A very well deserved award and recognition. Bravo!
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