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Sonic Trace interviews Pedro, an immigrant originally from Villa de Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

Sonic Trace interviews Pedro, an immigrant originally from Villa de Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

:: Diaz-Cortes, on the importance of these personal stories:

"There’s definitely a super personal angle about Sonic Trace that I love. You might go into an interview thinking it’s about, say, immigration, and when the story ends, you’ve just got to know someone. We hear all these different statistics on the news. You know, there are personal stories behind this, but there is rarely a place where you can marry the two. The statistics can become numbing when you hear them over and over. It's really the personal stories that humanize those statistics.

"As you talk to more and more people, you get to know the culture. It becomes about the events, the religious holidays, the town party. The larger culture comes from all these individual stories. The bigger picture has come from getting to know the people in the community."