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.
Mapping Ephemeral Music Forums in Latina/o Los Angeles
jorge n. leal is a cultural and urban historian whose research examines how transnational youth cultures have reshaped Southern California Latina/o/x communities in the late twentieth century. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism and history and his master's degree in history at California State University, Northridge, and earned his doctorate in U.S. history at the University of California, San Diego. Currently a postdoctoral scholar and teaching fellow in the Departments of History, American Studies, and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, in fall 2020 he will join the faculty at UC Riverside as assistant professor of Mexican American and Chicano history.
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Jorge N. Leal; Mapping Ephemeral Music Forums in Latina/o Los Angeles. California History 1 May 2020; 97 (2): 124–127. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ch.2020.97.2.124
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