East of East

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

Interview with Mark Durazo

Dublin Core

Title

Interview with Mark Durazo

Subject

Oral History with Mark Durazo

Description

Abstract: Mark Durazo graciously agreed to participate as a narrator in a teaching interview, with five high school students from the KCET Youth Voices program at Mountain View High School and the vice-president of La Historia. Mark is the son of first generation immigrants from Mexico. He spoke at great length about his youth in El Monte, which he described as “the last peaceful time” in the 1970s, despite the presence of gangs. As gang activity and policing became more serious and more violent, Mark lost friends to this activity: of his nine high school friends, only three remain alive, one of whom is in prison and one of who suffers from serious addiction. Mark also discussed the strong cultural divide between white and Mexican communities in El Monte, and the presence of racism and discrimination in many contexts. Mark’s mother owned a restaurant in El Monte. He became a DJ and performer in a band, and played backyard parties all around El Monte (among others, he remembers seeing Ice-T perform at these parties). Mark dropped out of high school, but has become a self-taught tech wizard and prides himself on the work he has done for many national corporations as well as for La Historia on a volunteer basis.

Creator

Nick Juravich

Source

South El Monte Arts Posse

Date

January 11, 2015

Format

WAV

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Nick Juravich

Interviewee

Mark Durazo

Location

La Historia Society

Original Format

wav

Bit Rate/Frequency

96bit

Files

DSCF0445.JPG

Citation

Nick Juravich, “Interview with Mark Durazo,” East of East, accessed December 19, 2018, http://semapeastofeast.com/items/show/16.