I believe this was Hector Tobar, author of The Barbarian Nurseries, talking about the places that workers in the garment district might come from:

They come from Italy, they come from the Ukraine, they come from Missouri.

My memory may not be totally accurate on the phrasing, and it might be Siberia rather than the Ukraine, but it definitely made me smile to hear my home state in that list of bizarre and exotic places from which people might migrate to California, 🙂 .

Heard on NPR this morning


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