This essay examines how maps created by Latina/o youth created “ephemeral forums,” improvised ad hoc spaces that served as music venues in 1990s South Los Angeles. The maps included on “Rock en Español” event flyers demonstrate how Latinx youth envisioned Los Angeles and proclaimed their sense of place in the metropolis at a moment of social and demographic transformation. These maps help us understand how they and other Californians of color create and claim belonging,both past and present.

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