News Or Noise: We Heart Radio

For this month’s News or Noise we talk to teens who make their own media about the role of radio in their lives and during an emergency. Special thanks to Sanda Htyte and the rest of the team at WNYC’s Radio Rookies, as well as all the organizers of the Digital Waves Youth Media Festival.

C1_AlexEstevezAlejandro Estevez resides in Washington Heights. He is 17 years old and attends Facing History High School. He is an aspiring Rapper & Actor and goes by the name of Alex E. Styles.

 

 

 

 

C1_BreePersonBree Person was born and raised in the south Bronx and went to Washington Irving High School. She loves writing. The only thing she loves more than that is radio journalism.

 

 

 

C1_DanielleMotindabakaDanielle Motindabeka is from Congo Brazzaville. She has been living in USA for over five years. She is a senior at Washington Irving High School. She wants to become a Radio or TV journalist. She also loves sport and photography.

 

 

 

 

C1_KahaliaParfaitKahalia Parfait is 17 years old and attends LaGuardia High School as a senior. She grew up mostly in Brooklyn, NY but resided in Florida in her younger years. She is interested in acting as well as exploring other majors such as ASL, Communications, and Marriage and Family Therapy in college.

 

 

 
C1_RobertSmith Robert Smith enjoys skateboarding, martial arts and working out. He shoots and edits videos. He came in third place at the Digital Waves Media Festival.
 

Sabiduría: Captain Byron Owen

For this week’s sabiduría, we talk to Captain Bryon Owen, a marine who has traveled all over the world to reclaim the remains of missing soldiers. He says being a Latino is an asset for those serving in the armed forces.

C4_Sabiduria_Capt Byron OwenHeadshot_USMarinesCaptain  Bryon J. Owen has led three recovery missions to Papua New Guinea and recovered the remains of nine American personnel. His personal decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star with combat V, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal with gold star and combat V, and the Combat Action Ribbon w/gold star.  He was the 2012 recipient of the Navy League’s General John H. Lejeune Award for Inspirational Leadership.

Sabiduría: Captain Byron Owen

For this week’s sabiduría, we talk to Captain Bryon Owen, a marine who has traveled all over the world to reclaim the remains of missing soldiers. He says being a Latino is an asset for those serving in the armed forces.

C4_Sabiduria_Capt Byron OwenHeadshot_USMarinesCaptain  Bryon J. Owen has led three recovery missions to Papua New Guinea and recovered the remains of nine American personnel. His personal decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star with combat V, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal with gold star and combat V, and the Combat Action Ribbon w/gold star.  He was the 2012 recipient of the Navy League’s General John H. Lejeune Award for Inspirational Leadership.

Turning Art into Activism: Favianna Rodriguez

You have probably seen her posters at immigrant rights marches around the country, but never knew who the artist was behind the captivating images. Artist, activist, and California native Favianna Rodriguez joins the live show to discuss where the personal meets the intersection of art and activism, and how she sees her own artwork fitting into the fight for immigrant rights. She also talks about how California issues have had a larger impact nationwide.

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A1_faviannaFavianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence . Rodriguez lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country. In addition to her fine arts and community work, Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that’s visionary, inspirational, radical and, most importantly, transformational. When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.

About Culture/Strike:

CultureStrike began in the summer of 2010 as a petition to honor the boycott of Arizona after that state passed its anti-immigrant law SB 1070. CultureStrike, which includes Wordstrike and Artstrike, seeks to organize artists, writers and other creative workers to strike back against anti-immigrant laws and attitudes. Their work is premised on the belief that culture, as the realm of ideas, images, and stories, is where people make sense of the world, find meaning and forge solidarity.

Eddie Zazueta: Bay Area Rhymes

Nineteen-year-old Bay Area poet and rapper Eddie Zazueta writes about hip hop, street culture, and life in the Bay Area. He performed two original pieces for us at our live show in Sacramento.

Eddie opened with his song “Around the Sun,” where he speaks to the influence of hip-hop in his life:

And he closed with a performance of his poem “South Berkeley,” where he talks about life in the neighborhood where he grew up, and how it’s changing.

Photo courtesy of Youth Radio.

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Eddie Zazueta is a rapper and poet from Oakland, California. Eddie is a youth participant of Remix Your Life, a program of Youth Radio. Youth Radio is an Oakland-based media company that focuses on training youth in various forms of media production.

California as a Crystal Ball

California is demographically ahead of the curve: its Latino population has outpaced that of the rest of the country. So how have the institutions and culture adapted? Maria Hinojosa asks Kimberly Nalder of the Project for an Informed Electorate and Belinda Reyes of the Cesar Chavez Institute, and takes a few audience questions.

Photo courtesy of freestock.ca.

B2_Kimberly NadlerKimberly Nalder is the director of the Project for an Informed Electorate and associate professor in the Department of Government at California State University Sacramento.

 

 

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Formerly a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, Belinda Reyes is an authority on immigration policy and the social and economic progress of racial and ethnic groups in the United States and director of the Cesar Chavez Institute at San Francisco State University.

Forbidden Words and Forgotten Arts: Daniel Alarcón

Peruvian-born author Daniel Alarcón brings us a story about cultural adaptation and breaking interracial taboos, called “The Forbidden Word”. The story was originally produced by Radio Ambulante, the Spanish-language storytelling radio program he runs. He talks with Maria Hinojosa about the project, and discusses his new novel, titled “At Night We Walk in Circles”, about a young Latin American actor traveling with an avant-garde theater group. Special thanks to Radio Ambulante’s Martina Castro.

And here’s Radio Ambulante’s original “Palabra Prohibida/Forbidden Word” story, en español:

 

Daniel Alarcon (c) Adrian KinlochDANIEL ALARCÓN is author of “War by Candlelight”, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and “Lost City Radio”, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, among others. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of The New Yorker’s 20 under 40. He lives in San Francisco, California.

About Radio Ambulante: Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language radio program that tells Latin American stories from anywhere Spanish is spoken, including the United States.

Lanare and Beyond: a Town Hall on Water

 

State of California Water Rights Act 2012

 
WHEN:
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 PM

 
WHERE:
Fresno Convention Center, 2nd Floor
848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721

 
 
This event was part of a series of free public Latino USA events on health in California.

 
 
PARTNER:
Radio Bilingue
Streamed throughout California and the Southwest on Radio Bilingüe

 
 
Listen to this powerful panel discussion and Q&A:
 

 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Who is responsible for the water that comes out of your tap? In California, thousands of people in dozens of communities have contaminated water with the potential to cause cancer, birth defects, and multiple health problems. The water is known to be unsafe to drink, yet families still pay for it—and often the cost is a significant portion of their income. These families then must drive miles to purchase bottled water to drink, and still must use the contaminated water for household purposes like bathing and washing dishes.

Last year, California signed legislation making access to water a human right—one of the only states in the nation to do so. Federal and state sources have dedicated billions of dollars to study the problems, build water treatment plants (although in small towns like Lanare, treatment plants close if they cost too much to operate), and explore the feasibility of local and regional solutions. Yet despite this funding, widespread problems of contaminated water continue in these communities. In Lanare, contamination is caused by naturally-occurring arsenic which leaches into well water. Lanare is a small, unincorporated town with a tiny population, and although its residents organized to address this problem, clean water is still out of their reach—despite potentially successful solutions.

Lanare is not alone-many small towns and communities have similar situations with contaminated water. It is often caused by California’s thriving agricultural industry. The Central Valley is the nation’s most productive farm belt and agriculture is the regional economic driver. This problem does not only affect homes, but community centers, public buildings, and schools – every time a young student takes a sip at the drinking fountain, there is the potential for exposure. So how can California towns solve this problem? Can better technology like water filtration systems solve problems of contamination? Or is it something that is only fixable by the government? Current legislation in the California Senate is designed to address this deeply entrenched problem by switching the administration of water from one government body to another—but, will this be effective? As a large number of the affected families are low-income and Latino, does the solution lie in community empowerment and development? Who is responsible to protect these families and provide them with safe, clean water? How will California realize the promises inherent in its promising 2012 Water Rights Act?

Join us for a public town hall on water and development, hosted by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, who has reported extensively on issues affecting Latino communities. Lanare and Beyond: A Town Hall on Water will shed light on the human impact of widespread water contamination, explore the short-term and permanent solutions, and engage residents, legislators, and other stakeholders in the Central Valley in a conversation about the right to clean water.

 
Event will be streamed live on Radio Bilingüe.

 
MAP OF CENTRAL VALLEY CONTAMINATION SITES FROM COMMUNITY WATER CENTER:

 
PARTICIPANTS:
 
Dr. John CapitmanDr. John Capitman
Executive Director, Central Valley Health Policy Institute, California State University, Fresno

Dr. John Capitman brings an extensive background in research and is nationally renowned for his work in health disparities, long-term care, substance abuse and racial and ethnic disparities in cancer care. He was formerly a professor and director of long-term care studies in the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Capitman has conducted research on increasing the participation of elders in health and long-term care decisions, supporting informal caregivers for persons with disabilities, and limiting sales of alcohol and tobacco products to minors. He has taught and wrote about how social location influences health and the use of health services. He has published extensively in the areas of: financing, organization, and delivery of community long-term care. Capitman has had more than 20 years of experience in health policy research and analysis, including appointments at the Virginia Center on Aging, California Department of Health Services, Medical College of Virginia/ Virginia Commonwealth University and Brandeis University. He is currently working closely with university resources to develop a new option for graduate study in Health Policy and Administration in the existing Master of Public Health Program at California State University , Fresno. He will lead a health policy leadership program at Fresno State that will engage leaders from throughout the region in exploring opportunities to address regional health problems.

Susana De AndaSusana De Anda
Co-Executive Director & Co-Founder, Community Water Center

Susana is the Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Community Water Center, a non-profit organization based in Visalia, California, that works to ensure that all communities can have access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water. Susana is CWC’s seasoned community organizer who was recognized as one of twenty-one top young women leaders in the country by the Third Wave Foundation and has received numerous awards including the 2009 Petra Foundation Fellowship and in 2010 co-awarded the Carla Bard Advocacy Award from the Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform (POWER), awarded to one water advocate in California each year. In addition to most recently highlighted as one of the “150 Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek Magazine (2012) and as one of the “Women on Top” by Marie Claire magazine (2012). Susana currently sits on the Tulare County Water Commission and on the United Way of Tulare County Board of Directors. Susana earned a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara while completing a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography.

Veronica Garibay
Co-Founder and Co-Director, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Based in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin and East Coachella Valleys Leadership Counsel works alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income, and place. Areas of focus include land use, funding and financing schemes, natural resources, environmental justice, municipal services, civil rights and government transparency. Prior to launching Leadership Counsel, Veronica led the California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)’s advocacy efforts in the San Joaquin Valley to ensure equitable land use planning in rural communities, access to basic services such as safe and affordable drinking water and waste water service, and access to public transit. Her work has focused on developing and maintaining meaningful community engagement in land use and investment decisions at the state, regional and local levels. Veronica immigrated from Michoacan, Mexico at a young age along with her parents and four siblings to the City of Parlier in Fresno County. She grew up in this small farmworker town and graduated from Parlier Unified District Schools. As a first generation student, Veronica attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Law and Society in 2008. Upon graduation, Veronica joined the CRLA’s Community Equity Initiative (CEI) as the programs first Community Worker. While at CRLA Veronica earned a Master of Public Administration from Fresno State.

Henry T. PereaAssemblymember Henry T. Perea
31st District, California State Assembly

Henry T. Perea represents the 31st District in the California State Assembly, which includes the Central Valley communities of Caruthers, Coalinga, Firebaugh, Fowler, Huron, Kingsburg, Kerman, Laton, Lanare, Mendota, Orange Cove, Parlier, Riverdale, Reedley, Sanger, San Joaquin, Selma and the city of Fresno. He was elected to California State Assembly in November 2010 and is currently serving his second term in the legislature. Assemblymember Perea is a tireless advocate for working families and has authored several bills to improve the lives of people living in underserved areas of our state, including many pieces of legislation aimed at bringing clean drinking water to rural communities in California. As a co-founder of the Latino Water Coalition, Assemblymember Perea is working to find an equitable solution to the water problems facing California that will benefit the Central Valley. Perea was elected to the Fresno City Council in November 2002 at the Age of 25, becoming the youngest person ever elected to this position. He was re-elected to serve a second term in 2006, and served as the council president in 2007. He began his career in public service with an internship in the Washington, DC office of Congressman Cal Dooley, moving up to district representative working on defense spending, economic development, Latino outreach and helping both municipalities and non-profits secure federal funding. Perea continued his career in public service working with the Fresno Council President, contributing to the process of securing the city’s federally designated empowerment zone.

IsabelPhotoIsabel Solorio
President, Community United In Lanare

Isabel Solorio is the President of Community United in Lanare. Isabel immigrated from Mexico to the United States in search of the American dream and to seek a better future. After years of hard work in farm labor, Isabel and her husband Gerardo Solorio purchased their first home in Lanare in the early 1990s. They are dedicated community members who actively work to improve conditions in their community and help build Lanare into a healthy and vibrant community.

Isabel and her neighbors founded Community United in Lanare, with a mission of improving the quality of life in Lanare by advocating at local and state levels for basic services provided in other communities, such as access to safe drinking water, a public wastewater system, and investment in the community for land use planning, housing, complete streets, and lighting. They created and maintain the Lanare Community Center and manage a park, and they host regular dinner-dance fundraisers to pay for the operation and maintenance of the park and Community Center. Community United in Lanare works In partnership with Leadership Counsel on their advocacy initiatives, and also partners with the Fresno Community Food Bank to coordinate monthly food distributions that feed over 250 families at the community center. 

 

MODERATOR:

Maria HinojosaMaria Hinojosa
CEO & President, The Futuro Media Group

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter for PBS and NPR, who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. As the anchor and executive producer of long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and anchor for PBS’ NEED TO KNOW series and the talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. In her over 25 years as a journalist, she also worked for CNN, and was a senior correspondent at NOW on PBS. In April 2010, Hinojosa created The Futuro Media Group, a multi-platform nonprofit production company based in Harlem with the mission to give critical voice to the social and civic justice issues facing the diverse new America. Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories—from the immigrant work camps in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to stories of the poor in Alabama. She has received numerous awards for her work including: four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism; Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged; the Studs Terkel Community Media Award; the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking “Child Brides: Stolen Lives”; and many more. She was born in Mexico City, raised in Chicago, and received her BA from Barnard College. She lives with her husband, artist German Perez, and their son and daughter in Harlem. Learn more

 
 
LISTEN to the related radio story which ran on Latino USA:
Most people take clean drinking water for granted, but in the rural town of Lanare, California, the residents are fighting for it. Alice Daniel reports about this community’s ongoing struggle for one of life’s most basic resources.

 
 

MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF:

The California Endowment

 
 

Lanare Y Todos – Un Foro Sobre El Aqua

 
CUÁNDO:
Miércoles, 16 de octubre, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 de la noche

 
DÓNDE:
Fresno Convention Center, 20 Piso
848 M Street, Fresno, CA 93721

 
Este evento fue parte de una serie de eventos públicos gratuitos sobre la salud en California organizada por Latino USA.

 
Presentado con:
Radio Bilingue

 
 
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¿Quién es responsable del agua de la llave? En California, miles de personas en decenas de comunidades sólo tienen acceso al agua contaminada, con la probabilidad de causar cáncer, defectos en el nacimiento y varios problemas de salud. Se sabe bien que el agua de la llave es peligrosa para beber y, sin embargo, las familias todavía están obligadas a pagar por ella. Estas familias tienen que usar sus propios ingresos para comprar agua embotellada, manejando muchas millas para comprarla y todavía tienen que utilizar el agua contaminada para uso doméstico como bañarse y lavar los platos.

El año pasado, California firmó una ley declarando que el acceso al agua es un derecho humano – uno de los pocos estados en el país que lo ha hecho. Fuentes federales y estatales han dedicado miles de millones de dólares para estudiar la contaminación, construir plantas de tratamiento del agua – aunque en pequeñas pueblos como Lanare, muchas plantas de tratamiento cierran porque su funcionamiento cuestan demasiado– y explorar la viabilidad de las soluciones locales y regionales. A pesar de estos financiamientos, estos problemas permanecen en todo el estado. En Lanare, la contaminación es causada principalmente por el arsénico natural que se drena al agua. Lanare es un pueblo pequeño, no incorporado con una pequeña población y, aunque sus residentes se organizaron para enfrentar estos problemas, el agua potable todavía está fuera de su alcance.

Lanare no es el único – muchos pueblos pequeños y comunidades tienen situaciones similares con respecto a la contaminación. Con frecuencia se debe a la industria agrícola de California, especialmente en su centro de productividad – El Valle Central.  El Valle Central es el motor de la economía regional y mantiene muchos trabajos para los que viven en la región. Sin embargo, son esos trabajadores, sus familias y sus vecinos que tienen que vivir con estos riesgos en su salud. Este problema no solamente afecta a los hogares, sino también a los centros comunitarios, y a los edificios públicos y escuelas – cada vez que un estudiante toma de la llave del agua potable en la escuela, existe la probabilidad de peligro.

Entonces, ¿cómo pueden las comunidades de California resolver este problema? ¿Una mejor tecnología, como los sistemas de filtración de agua, podrán resolver los problemas de contaminación? ¿O será algo que sólo el gobierno puede solucionar? La legislación actual en el Senado de California está diseñada para cambiar la administración del agua de una oficina de gobierno a otra, pero ¿será esto eficaz? Como un gran número de las familias Latinas afectadas son de bajos ingresos, ¿será el fortalecimiento y el desarrollo comunitario la mejor solución? ¿Quién es responsable de proteger y proporcionar agua limpia y segura a estas familias? ¿Cómo va a realizar California las promesas de la Ley de Derechos del Agua de 2012?

Únase a nosotros para un panel de discusión comunitario sobre el agua y el desarrollo, organizado por la periodista premiada María Hinojosa, quien ha hablado mucho sobre cuestiones que afectan a las comunidades Latinas. El evento Lanare y Todos: Un Foro sobre el Agua va a aclarar el impacto humano de la contaminación, explorar las soluciones a corto plazo y permanentes e involucrar a los residentes, a los legisladores y otros interesados ​​en el Valle Central en una conversación sobre el derecho a tener acceso a agua limpia.

Este evento será transmitido en vivo por Radio Bilingüe.

 

CONTAMINACIÓN DEL AGUA EN EL VALLE CENTRAL – MAPA DE LOCALIDADES DEL CENTRO DE AGUA COMUNITARIA:

 

PARTICIPANTES:

 


Dr. John Capitman

Director Ejecutivo, Instituto de Políticas de Salud del Valle Central, California State University, Fresno
Más información

 


Susana De Anda

Co-Directora Ejecutiva & Co-Fundadora, Centro Comunitario por el Agua
Más información

 


Veronica Garibay

Co-Fundadora & Co-Directora, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Más información

 


Assemblymember Henry T. Perea

Distrito 31, La Asamblea del Estado de California
Más información

 


Isabel Solorio

Presidente, Comunidad Unida en Lanare
Más información

 

MODERADORA:


Maria Hinojosa

Presentadora, Latino USA & CEO, The Futuro Media Group
Más información

 

Presentado por el apoyo de:

The California Endowment

Long Beach Eats!

 

A cooking demonstration & discussion about culture, culinary traditions, & how cooking together can feed many types of hunger

 

How to make a quesadilla using an iron – watch! Saturday, October 12, 2013

Su Mei makes a quesadilla using an iron. from The Futuro Media Group on Vimeo.

 

WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2013

 

TIME: 2 – 4 pm including tastings
WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church, 759 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
PARTNER AND HOST:
YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Community Development Branch
This event was part of a series of free public Latino USA events on health in California.
Interpretation provided into Spanish. Un intérprete estará disponible.

 

Looking for a place to get healthy food in Long Beach? Check out our “Healthy Food Map” of Long Beach, created by teens from Change Agent Productions and the Greater Long Beach YMCA. (Click to expand map.)

 

CommunityWalk Map – Map 1629311

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Is your neighborhood heavy on fast food chains and liquor stores and light on fresh fruit and vegetables? What makes it hard for you to purchase and prepare nutritious food? What makes it easier? Is it difficult to find stores selling healthy food, or are fruit and vegetables too expensive? Do you have little time to cook—or don’t know how? And, is there more to cooking than nutrition?

You want your kids—and the whole family—to be healthy. Culinary traditions have deep cultural ties. Cooking meals together feeds many types of hunger. When you eat together, you connect with your family, friends, and community and enrich life in many ways.

Long Beach Eats! The Opposite of Fast Food explores the relationship between food, family, community, and culture—and features cooking demonstrations and delicious tastings by accomplished Thai and Mexican chefs (each also a successful business owner!). Even if it takes time, cooking and eating together is a dying art that pays off in multiple ways.

This event also brings together community gardens, farmers markets, food justice organizations, and other Long Beach resources for healthy living. You might even learn how to sell your own goods at farmers markets!

Hosted by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and featuring guest chefs Su-Mei Yu of KPBS’ Savor San Diego cooking show and Saffron San Diego restaurants and Carolina Santos of Tamales Oaxaqueño in Oakland. Together we’ll explore the opportunities and challenges of eating well in Long Beach!

 

Listen to the radio story featuring Carolina Santos:

Carolina Santos and her mother, Rosa Oliva, make tamales, tacos, and all sorts of other food for office workers and other clients, who are usually in San Francisco. But in West Oakland, California, where they live, the corner stores that exist offer little of the fresh produce they have access to in the food business. Maria Hinojosa spends a day with them and brings us her report.

 

SPEAKERS/GUEST CHEFS

Su-Mei YuSu-Mei Yu | Saffron San Diego, Owner & Chef + Host of KPBS’ Savor San Diego

Su-Mei Yu opened Saffron’s first location, Thai Grilled Chicken, in 1985 on India Street. With a focus on take-out dining, this small eatery captures the authenticity of popular street vendors in Bangkok. Due to the overwhelming success of the chicken shop, Yu opened her second Saffron location, Noodles and Saté, right next door, modeling the concept after the numerous small and informal take-out noodle restaurants found throughout Thailand. Both locations attract throngs of people and are widely recognized as some of San Diego’s premier Thai eateries.

Su-Mei Yu’s Thai heritage guided her to develop her brand of Thai food. Today, she annually returns to her homeland to research and collect recipes of traditional, authentic foods and methods of preparation.

Yu has demonstrated cooking on Martha Stewart Living, Home Cooking on PBS, Home Matters, Cooking Live on the Food Network, Good Morning America and Today Show, and is host of her own show, Savor San Diego on KPBS. She is a regular guest commentator for San Diego National Public Radio and has lectured at the American Institute of Wine and Food, The Culinary Historians of Southern California, The Culinary Institute of America and The International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her recipes have appeared in Food & Wine Magazine, Martha Stewart, Fine Cooking and many other national as well as local publications. Learn more
Carolina y Rosa - Tamales La Oaxaqueña Carolina Santos | Owner & Chef, Tamales La Oaxaqueña

Tamales La Oaxaqueña is a small family business in West Oakland, which uses traditional family recipes from Oaxaca. Carolina and her mother Rosa Oliva are the owners and chefs of the highly well regarded Tamales La Oaxaqueña, through which they share the fresh delicious foods of Oaxaca with their customers. Their recipes are not only healthy, they also contribute to the cultural milieu of the community. One of the main ingredients in their authentic moles and tamales is passion, and they are passionate about the richness of their culture and their food. In Oaxaca making mole and tamales is a ritual, and all the ingredients are just as important as the love that goes into making the food. Learn more

Listen to Carolina & her mother’s recipe for Oaxacan mole!

 

MODERATOR

Maria HinojosaMaria Hinojosa | CEO & President, The Futuro Media Group

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter for PBS and NPR, who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. As the anchor and executive producer of long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and anchor for PBS’ NEED TO KNOW series and the talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. In her over 25 years as a journalist, she also worked for CNN, and was a senior correspondent at NOW on PBS.

In April 2010, Hinojosa created The Futuro Media Group, a multi-platform nonprofit production company based in Harlem with the mission to give critical voice to the social and civic justice issues facing the diverse new America. Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories—from the immigrant work camps in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to stories of the poor in Alabama. She has received numerous awards for her work including: four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism; Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged; the Studs Terkel Community Media Award; the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking “Child Brides: Stolen Lives”; and many more.

She was born in Mexico City, raised in Chicago, and received her BA from Barnard College. She lives with her husband, artist German Perez, and their son and daughter in Harlem. Learn more

MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF:
The California Endowment

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