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StoryCorps San Joaquin: Mother And Daughter Trace Their Roots In El Salvador, Talk Food And Family



And now it’s time for another episode of StoryCorps San Joaquin. As part of Valley Public Radio’s collaboration with the personal history project, we’re airing segments based on recorded conversations from February’s 2020 mobile tour in Fresno and Bakersfield. Today, we’re going to hear from mother and daughter, Maria and Jasmine Leiva as they trace their family roots in El Salvador.

They talk about Maria’s childhood, the role food plays in their family and the journey to building a new life in California.

StoryCorps San Joaquin is sponsored by The Kharazi Foundation, Assemi Real Estate and Bitwise Industries:


Soreath Hok is a multimedia journalist with 16 years of experience in radio, television and digital production. At KVPR she covers local government, politics and other local news.