How many times in your life have you been asked, “Where are you from?” If you’re a person of color living in the United States, odds are that your answer is complex — it’s not just about a place on a map, but also family, history, traditions, work, and how you express yourself.
That kind of complexity is what the new NPR audio and video series Where We Come From sets out to explore. Producer Anjuli Sastry brings us the stories of individuals from immigrant communities of color — whether they be first generation or the descendants of immigrants — one conversation at a time. In these episodes, individuals dig into their own personal histories, asking questions of family members, friends and experts.
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On this episode, we hear from César Magaña Linares, a 23-year-old immigration activist and Temporary Protected Status holder. His life was upended in January 2018, when the Trump administration announced the end of TPS for Salvadoran immigrants like himself. He talks to his former college speech coach, Cameron Logsdon, about that pivotal time in his life, as well as Pomona College professor Arely Zimmerman about why it’s so easy to burnout when your activism is also very personal.
And stay tuned for more: On June 8, you’ll be able to watch a full video interview with César. You can find more Where We Come From audio and video stories here on NPR.org.