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Today we talk to author Anthony Ocampo about his book BROWN AND GAY IN LA: The Lives of Immigrant Sons. The book focuses on the sons of “new” immigrants who arrived in the United States after the passage of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, BROWN AND GAY IN LA offers intimate and sometimes heartbreaking portraits of young men—Franklin, Armando, Rolando, Alvin, James, Dario, Edwin, Julio, and others—who struggle with the tensions between making their parents proud and their own sense of pride, with being viewed as normal by their family and becoming their own person.
We will be discussing the intersections of race, immigration and being gay, as well as an analysis of masculinity itself.
Anthony Ocampo is Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his work has been featured on NPR, NBC News, BuzzFeed, GQ, and in the Los Angeles Times
With co-host Brody Levesque