Commentary: Transformation in East Los Angeles

Jamie Lundy

“Do you think you’ll need a bullet proof vest?” my mom asked as I packed for my trip. For three weeks I was to live in solidarity with the poor of East L.A. Bringing only the bare necessities, I would be sleeping on the floor of an empty building and forgoing showers. By the end of the trip I would realize the common humanity we all share, despite differences in culture, education, and/or economic status. The experience was so powerful that now, three years since my “immersion,” I study anthropology with an emotional fervor charged with memories of East L.A. It was on this trip that my mind broke open and I began to understand myself as a citizen of the world.

Student Anthropologist, 1 (1)

Publication date: 2009

Pages: 18- 19

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