It was a typical summer day in 1999 in Torrance, California as the smooth notes of R.E.M played in the car as we turned down Del Amo street. To some, Del Amo was just a street name. To others, Del Amo was “La Rana”, the territory of a historical Los Angeles gang. To me, Del Amo was the home of my father and grandparents, a place that taught me the meaning of family, culture, community, and Sunday Dinner.

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