We’re airing excerpts of some of those conversations on The California Report Magazine. Our final conversation includes three languages (English, Spanish and Mixteco) and three generations of the Flores family: 12-year-old Angelina, her 36-year-old father Luis and her 58-year-old grandfather Julián, who tells his family about his life growing up as an immigrant from Mexico.
Julián Flores started working when he was seven years old in Mexico.
"I didn't have a choice," Julián tells his son Luis and his granddaughter Angelina of going to work at such a young age. "I didn’t have a chance to go to school. That’s why I can’t read."
He also only spoke the indigenous language Mixteco. Not being able to communicate in Spanish made his job delivering lunches to laborers sometimes difficult.