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The Convergence of Cultures: Shaping Great Cities

How is the cultural identity of a city formed? Rubén Martinez, journalist and writer of the film "When Worlds Collide," explores how the immigrant experience shapes great cities.

As Ruben states "It's productive in terms of the economy and it's also creative because people are trying to do good business. And to do good business... to get customers you have to be creative. And often times, of course, that happens on the level of culture itself. Fusion cuisine is nothing more and nothing less than the story of immigrants bumping into each other on the street in Los Angeles. 

Stuff starts to shift, culturally. In all kinds of different ways. People start learning the language, that starts to shift. It's not just the immigrants that are changed, the immigrants are changing the natives too and you can literally track a people's history and the history of a city through these waves and the culture they are bringing from the old country. And how it's transformed here. And how it transforms the whole. And that is how great cities are made."

Be sure to check out The Migrant Kitchen, KCET's new, original series launching on September 20th in association with Life & Thyme.

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Louis & Jazz

Jazz Singsanong of Jitlada Thai and Louis Tikaram of E.P. & L.P. transport the palate around the world with the complex flavors of Thai cuisine. These chefs work to bring balance to the complexity of flavors that reflect the mixed cultural influences of their own backgrounds and experiences.

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The Jewish Deli

The Jewish Delis of Los Angeles serve an important role for connecting heritage to food. Factor’s Famous Deli has been a central pillar for the community for 70 years while newcomers like Micah Wexler and Michael Kassar of Wexler’s Deli bring a fresh take to classic deli food traditions.

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Sequoia Sake

Jake Myrick and Noriko Kamei have taken their love for namazake and created Sequoia Sake, a small brewery in the heart of San Francisco. Rooted in the traditions of Japanese sake brewing, they work to resurrect an heirloom rice in California and pioneer the young but growing craft sake movement in the US.

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El Jardín

Chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins opens her new restaurant, El Jardín, in San Diego. Inspired by the traditions of generations of Mexican women and combining regional heirloom ingredients from across Mexico, Zepeda-Wilkins takes a huge risk to elevate the cuisine in her hometown.

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Mister Jiu's Chinatown

In San Francisco’s Chinatown, Brandon Jew walks the line between his Chinese heritage and his American upbringing with his restaurant, Mister Jiu’s. With the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood, the face of the country’s oldest Chinatown is changing while a younger generation holds on to the traditions and flavors of the past.

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