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Stories by Ashley Rodriguez

Frank Meeink: Transforming Hate

Frank Meeink: Transforming Hate

April 10
By Ashley Rodriguez, Monica Medina

What does evil look like? Just ask Frank Meeink, who became a skinhead at age 13, and spent years struggling with the demons inside him—the ones that caused him to pick fights for no reason, sometimes beating his victims senseless. It took incarceration to help him turn his life around, a life that was captured in the film, American History X.

Local Community Organizations

Local Community Organizations

Dec. 21
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

These are local Vietnamese oriented organizations in the San Diego area.

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Five "nu' o ' c"

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Five "nu' o ' c"

Dec. 1
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

The last chapter finalizes the transition and feelings of the young narrator.

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter One "suh-top"

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter One "suh-top"

Dec. 1
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

The first chapter introduces us to our anonymous narrator and the beginning of her migration.

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Two "palm"

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Two "palm"

Dec. 1
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

Chapter two describes a family reuniting and the realizations of immigration.

Chapter Three "the gangster we are all looking for"

Chapter Three "the gangster we are all looking for"

Dec. 1
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

The third chapter delves into symbolic representations during a turbulent time for the family.

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Four "the bones of b...

'The Gangster We Are All Looking For': Chapter Four "the bones of birds"

Dec. 1
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

Problems unfold in chapter four.

"The Gangster We Are All Looking For": Connections & Resources

"The Gangster We Are All Looking For": Connections & Resources

Dec. 1
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister, One Book One San Diego

From food to film, "The Gangster We Are All Looking For" offers many connections to be made and resources to be discovered within the San Diego area.

Themes

Themes

Dec. 1
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister

Many themes can be discovered and discussed in "The Gangster We Are Looking For".

Genre: True-life Novel

Genre: True-life Novel

Dec. 1
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister

This true life novel spans many genre's, making it a relatable read for many people, especially San Diegans.

Local Teen Inspiring Peers to Read for Fun

Local Teen Inspiring Peers to Read for Fun

Nov. 17
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister

13-year-old Emma Halpern of San Diego is fighting the cycle of poverty through inspiring a love of reading in her low income peers. Read on to see how this visionary teen is starting a book club trend in an area high school.

San Diego Book Club: The Risteners

San Diego Book Club: The Risteners

Oct. 6
By Ashley Rodriguez, Clare Pister

One Book, One San Diego is highlighting a local book club each month and sharing their findings with Culture Lust. The first featured book club is called the San Diego Risteners, a group that prefers the audio version of their selections. Clare Pister and Ashley Rodriguez explain.