Local Academics, Gilda Ochoa and Wendy Cheng Tackle Community Relations in Southern California

Jan. 22, 2014 Interview by Uprisingradio.org. 

Southern California has its own unique racial makeup, not just in urban areas, but in the suburbs. While most suburbs in the rest of the US are dominated by whites, here in the greater Los Angeles area, immigrant communities can dominate. The most striking case in point is the San Gabriel Valley which is home to two major groups: Asian Americans and Latinos.

A new book by Arizona State University Professor Wendy Cheng, examines the confluence between these two communities in the San Gabriel Valley in terms of how they have interacted with one another over home ownership, public schools, and even intermarriage. The book is entitled The Changs Next Door to the Diazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California.

Go to the full radio interview here.