Only Here Podcast: Lowriders Built By The Border
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Photo by Alan Lilienthal
Lowriders are big in Japan.
These days, the customized, slow and low to the ground cars and bikes can be found almost anywhere. Lowriding is a culture created by Chicanos and exported all over the world.
But at the border, the lowrider scene is a lifeline. For lots of people here, lowriders are much more than just a hobby.
The culture that’s coalesced around lowriders on both sides of the border has offered some people here salvation. It’s given new meaning and purpose to peoples’ lives — from deportees in Tijuana to military veterans struggling with PTSD in San Diego.
In this episode of "Only Here," a KPBS podcast about art, culture and life at the Western Hemisphere’s busiest border crossing, we bring you a story about lowriders as life rafts.
Only here can you find such a crucial lowrider culture on both sides of the wall.
San Diego Lowriders
Photos of lowriders from the Facebook group, "San Diego Lowriders."
These are cross-border stories that connect us. Border people often inhabit this in-between place. From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells personal stories from this place — stories of love, hope, struggle and survival from border crossers, fronterizxs and other people whose lives are shaped by the wall. Rooted in San Diego with tendrils reaching into Tijuana. Hosted by Alan Lilienthal, produced by Kinsee Morlan and sound design by Emily Jankowski.
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