Whittier Boulevard Soto Street

You Have to Start From Zero in a New Country

Evelyn Palacios

I’m from El Salvador, I moved to East Los Angeles five years ago. I was here on my own. You have to start from zero in a new country. You have to speak a new language and leave your family behind. It was really hard at first, but it’s gotten better.

I have three kids. I take them to the movies every Saturday. It’s our thing. We’re taking the bus to the Commerce movie theater tomorrow to watch Minions. I don’t really have time for myself—everything is for my kids. When I get home I’m gonna make their favorite dinner: pupusas with cheese and revueltas (chicharrón, cheese and beans).

Map: Whittier Boulevard to Soto Street