Comedian and Writer Chris Garcia Zooms in to Class!
Missy Davis, Olivia Rocamora's maternity substitute for her Immigration Lit class, found a creative way to connect a core text, "Tortilla Curtain," to the podcast Scattered, featuring comedian and writer Chris Garcia. The podcast details Chris's journey to uncover information about his recently deceased father, delving into his father's struggle under Fidel Castro's regime in Cuba and the events that led to him leaving Cuba and immigrating to the US. The podcast paired well with the core text as both depict the struggles immigrants face when coming to the US and some of the atrocities they have endured in their home countries. After listening to the podcast and discussing what they heard, students were thrilled to have an opportunity to hear from Mr. Garcia himself!
"I reached out to Chris when I first heard his podcast to ask for clarification on a few details...and he offered to zoom with the class." Ms. Davis shared. "Zooming with him was a lot of fun. He answered students' questions about his life and shared more background information on how the podcast came to be."
Ms. Davis noted that Sra. Rocamora and Mr. Garcia share some commonalities as both of their close family members immigrated from Cuba around the same time. Mr. Garcia encouraged Sra. Rocamora to continue learning and writing about her family's history to keep her family's story alive.
Chris is currently a head writer on the Netflix show "Mr. Iglesias" and performs stand up comedy in LA. He has been featured on Comedy Central and the James Corden Show.
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