Ed Shore, Local Neighbor

Martha interviews Ed Shore, a local resident of Boyle Heights. Recorded at the Sounds of California: Boyle Heights Festival (October 2021).

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Martha interviews Ed Shore, a local community member who was born and raised in Boyle Heights. During his interview, he shares stories about his Jewish family and schooling, the street he lived on and how growing up in a multi-cultural neighborhood inspired him to learn Japanese and ultimately live in Japan for a part of his life. Ed also talks about his experience working as an educator at El Sereno Middle School for 25 years and how he met a student who lived in the same house he grew up in.

ACTA · Sounds of CA - Boyle Heights
What was it like growing up in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights?
"I remember that my neighborhood at the time was just really filled up with an eclectic group. Right across the street was a family name, the Kubos. They were from Japan. And when I went to the house, I saw that the grandmother was always wearing a kimono or yukata, and I ate with chopsticks for the first time at their house and they were eating things I had never seen before....it was a really fun time, and I think it was something that really instilled in me the idea of a wide world. I think from having friends from Mexico and from China and from Italy and from Russia and from Mexico all around. I just think I grew up at a really good time where we were able to get along with each other and it instilled in me just a desire to go out and see the world." - Ed Shore
What sounds come to mind when you think of Boyle Heights?
"I think of the first electronic Rock n' Roll music I heard playing across the street in a backyard. And I think of some loud cars, I think of that. Loud cars popping off and rock n' roll music coming from the backyards." - Ed Shore