Los Angeles’s service-based economy with its heavily immigrant workforce is often seen as a forecast of where the nation as a whole is headed. But Angelenos whose lives run smoothly because of this labor frequently insulate themselves from the oftentimes anonymous workers deemed easily replaceable. From Where We Stand brings the personal, individual and unique stories of these individuals to the forefront, and asks that, instead of looking past people, we look at them and listen.
These stories are important ones, as a similar version of these stories are lived by Angelenos/as everyday, though easily ignored and misunderstood. By reflecting on the experiences of these individuals, we can gain a better understanding of this community, and through empathizing with them, abandon our stereotypes and misconceptions. From Where We Stand is an exploration of a culture, and a human experience different (or similar!) to our own.
Below are several short interviews conducted for the From Where We Stand project.
You can download the full project report to learn more about these individuals, as well as see how the project was carried out.
This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.