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LA Made

Who is building Los Angeles? In LA alone, nearly 45 percent of immigrant business owners are female. From food to art to tech, immigrant women are the backbone of Los Angeles’ rich culture. In this series, we follow three female immigrant entrepreneurs who represent LA.

Producer: Monica Medellin.Photos: Tobore Oweh photographed by Paige S. Wilson. • Zacil Pech photographed by Paolo J. Riveros. • Julie Kim photographed by Alvin Dharmawan.

LA Made: Tobore Oweh


Meet Tobore, an LA-based floral designer and DACA recipient who immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria when she was 7.

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LA Made: Zacil Pech


Meet Zacil, an LA-based DJ, proud queer femme, and a DACA recipient who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 4.

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LA Made: Julie Kim


Meet Julie, a musician from Korea who always dreamed of becoming a famous singer. Raised in LA's Koreatown, she's writing and recording an EP to pay tribute to her Korean-American faith and culture.

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In collaboration with Los Angeles Magazine, we created a short video that imagined what Los Angeles would look like without the immigrants who make up 33% of its population.

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We interviewed a group of immigrants and asked them to define the expression “good immigrant,” as a way to explore how the division of immigrants into “good” and “bad” groups has affected our nation’s conversation about American immigrants.

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