East of East

East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in El Monte and South El Monte is a collaborative archive project that seeks to build a reciprocal relationship among academics and community members and transform how underrepresented communities enter the historical record and think about their own history.

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Oral History with Alberto Rodriguez


Alberto Rodriguez was born in 1934 in San Marcos, Jalisco. He migrated to the United States in the early 1940s. His family settled in Chula Vista and…

Oral History with Toni Plummer

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Toni Plummer grew up with mixed heritage in South El Monte. This interview notes the impact of a childhood spent with Plummer’s divorced,…

Oral History with Michael Jaime Becerra


Abstract: The story of Michael Jaime Becerra begins with his family’s Mexican origins and their
migration to LA. His father, a child born out of…

Oral History with Apolonio Morales

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Apolonio Morales is a community organizer who works on immigration issues at the national level. Apolonio Morales has worked in several…

Oral History with Lily Laredo

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Summary: Lily Laredo has lived her entire life in El Monte. Daughter of Vincent and Concha Rojas, she grew up in Hicks camp in the 1940’s and 50’s.…


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