On Wednesday, May 23rd, I made my way down to the New Children’s Museum. I drove to a free parking lot and then took the MTS trolley the rest of the way. The NCM consists of three floors. The Community Gallery is located on the second floor. The Community Gallery is a space where you can share and make art together. The gallery showcases art by local artists, schools, and community groups. One of the walls in the exhibit showcases the three major changes for the Children’s Museum: the beginnings in La Jolla (1983-1993), the warehouse (1993-2002), and the commitment to arts (2002-2008). On anotherRead More →

Hello all! I’m excited to talk to you in class tomorrow about your ongoing projects! For your reference, here are some quick instructions on how to post oral history recording to the ROHP website. If you have any questions about any of the steps below, please feel free to ask me a question in the comments. Adding audio to a post is as easy as adding images. You simply click the same button “add media” above the text editor to upload your audio file. After selecting the newly uploaded file, click “insert into post.” Please note that there is a 300MB file size limit. IfRead More →

On Thursday May 24th, the African Student Association (ASA) put on their annual Celebration of Africa (COA) at UCSD. Although this was the seventh year that ASA had put on the COA, it was the first year that they had invited the East African community of City Heights to attend. As a staff member of SPACES, I was the liaison person with the East African Center to make sure that everyone got where they were supposed to be. Over 70 people from the Center attended that day, thanks to the hard work and collaboration of the staff at the East African Center, the COA organizers,Read More →

On Friday May 18,2018 with the help of another classmate, I facilitated a college talk with the youth at Casa Familiar’s youth. This was not only one of the first talks that the youth center has done but also my first time facilitating a talk. I did a lot of research and reached out to past advisors of mine so that I could give the youth enough information to be able to feel confident in their journey to college. When talking with Mirna she said that there might not have been a lot of students showing up because they’ve never had anything like this before.Read More →

Last week, on Wednesday I went to The Sons and Daughters of Guam Club for the senior lunch. When I first got to the site, I asked if there could be anything I could do to help serve people lunch and I was asked to pour the fruit punch. While doing this I met Catherine, who was serving soup right next to me. I ended up having a brief conversation with her and I found out that she moved to America from Guam 16 years old. When I asked her if she could describe Guam to me she simply laughed and said “humid.” This timeRead More →

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, we had our first class field trip. I was excited to finally visit and see Chicano Park for the first time, as I often hear and read about the history of it. I had the privilege of taking a course that drove into the Chicano activist and learning how the park symbolized a great movement. Upon arriving, I was shocked to see how such a little space held such importance. The park was filled with community spirit, seeing people gather and children playing gave a sense of pride of being a Chicana. The reason why I am fascinated with thisRead More →

On May 9th, HIUS 144 traveled to Barrio Logan to visit Chicano Park. We were there (obviously) to look at the murals painted on the support columns of Coronado Bridge’s on-and off-ramps to I-5. I’ve actually seen these murals many times myself; for years, my parents and I would go to Padres games and car shows at the Convention Center, always passing by Chicano Park in some way. However, until that day, I’d never seen the murals up close and personally. Seeing individual artworks opened my eyes to how ingenious and detail-oriented the artists are. I actually arrived to the area late. I’d had aRead More →

    On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Race and Oral History class took a detour to South East San Diego, California.  We visited a historical landmark that has captivated the world, known as Chicano Park. This park is the largest outdoor mural exhibition in the country, it depicts and portrays the story of the residents of San Diego’s Barrio Logan in the form of murals. These murals stand as high as the T-shaped highway pylons that hold the San Diego Interstate 5.  As I drove by the park, I tried to understand the message being expressed through this parks mural, without any clue of theRead More →

May 15th I drove Isabella and myself down to the Sudanese Center next to UWEAST to tutor. To our surprise, only one of the students was there, a girl by the name of Mapenzi. (Author’s Note: if you were wondering, yes, “Mapenzi” has a meaning in Swahili. It means “romance”, which I’m sure is deeply meaningful to Mapenzi’s parents themselves. The cool thing about that is that it probably also means “love” to them, to Mapenzi.) Mapenzi was there for the first time I was at the Sudanese Center. At that time, Isabella was tutoring her. This time, one of the other tutors was alreadyRead More →

I hope this makes its way onto the blogs made by other students for Race and Oral History. This’ll be some kind of blog/field note/reflection/diary/something. I’ll figure it out later. On May 3rd I made my first site visit to the United Women of East Africa. I arrived alone in my own car, the other 2 people who were coming weren’t there yet so I felt lost. Being the idiot I am, I hadn’t made any site visits until that point. While I hate to use the phrase “better late than never”, that’s what I had to work with. One of the women who workRead More →