Imperfect Paradise: The Forgotten Revolutionary from LAist Studios investigates the mysterious death of 90s Chicano movement’s most prominent emerging leaders, Oscar Gomez. Oscar was born and raised in Baldwin Park, CA. He was the first of his family to attend college at UC Davis where he hosted a radio show, La Onda Xicana and began using his platform to educate and inform during this highly zeonophobic time in politics. But as host Adolfo Guzman-Lopez (he/him) learns more about the life of Oscar Gomez, he finds that the story is much deeper than what appears on the surface. For Oscar, his activism began to chip away at his academics, his relationships, his health. What is the toll of student activism? How do we preserve our mental health? In this live event at The Cheech, the newly-opened center for Chicano art, culture, and industry, Guzman-Lopez and a panel of experts will uncover the ways in which mental health issues impact student activists today, and its role in the history of student activism movements.
Arrive early to stroll through the galleries. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Read more about the making of the podcast and Guzman-Lopez’s journey of discovery.
Imperfect Paradise: The Forgotten Revolutionary is produced and distributed by LAist Studios.
This event is presented in partnership with The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum.
Funding provided by: Corporation for Public Broadcasting