Songs from my mom’s car

from Overcrossings Project

On the evening of August 7, 2016, three artists and I installed temporary work and performed on and around the Yale Street pedestrian overcrossing (CalTrans bridge 53-105).

Andrew, Angel, Autumn, Heisue, Lauren, and I sang to the freeway. Together, we sang pop songs that my mother used to listen to in the car: Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Daniel Bedingfield. Between songs, we read text about my Chinese Japanese American family’s history of migration, incarceration, and resilience in L.A.

Photo documentation by Christina Simons.

S. Oshima © 2019