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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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When I first began this project, I only had a vague understanding of what street vending represents. I was able to integrate themes that we explored throughout this course in my attempt to draw conclusions that tie in mobility, activism, and street vending. My research led me to a rich history of street vending in Los Angeles. It transformed preconceived notions of street vending and mobility, which I would have not previously connected, into a venue of interdisciplinary activism.

Through my research, I was able to curate an exhibit that told the story of street vending and its roots in activism from 1930’s Los Angeles to the present. In the process of curating this project, I was also able to formulate my presentation to tie in an array of mediums to utilize as exhibit materials. The formation of my exhibit was an intense collaboration of creativity and scholarly analysis. I used reflections of my previous cultural awareness of street vendors to create a project that goes beyond what we visualize when thinking of street vendors.

My research presents a small facet of the history of street vending and activism. I hope that further research is done on street vending and especially on street vendors. The activism and mobility that is achieved by vending is only possible through the active participation of vendors, who have taken a means of economic mobility and made it an inclusive issue that deserves further exploration. I also hope that the use of digital media becomes a more widely used resource in the world of academia, especially the inclusion of social media for the purpose of making it more inclusive and accessible across multiple platforms.

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