Diana Gameros Sings the Immigrant’s Love and Loss | KQED Arts

Diana Gameros Sings the Immigrant’s Love and Loss | KQED Arts


-One of the hardest things of being an immigrant
and being undocumented is not being able to go back home. Being here, I have lost a certain connection to my family. A lot of my songs come from my need to dissolve those borders. And what I’m singing about is this longing to be home. I was born in Ciudad Juarez, in Mexico. I’ve spent 15 years of my life in Mexico and another 15 in the US. I had intended to go to
a university in Mexico. Right before I met a boy
from the United States, fell in love and I also really wanted to be a professional musician here. When I first moved to San Francisco, I gave myself a month to find a place where I could play music. I saw an ad on Craigslist. I started playing the next day. It’s almost like it had my name, Diana Gameros, we need you. I love my life in the United States. But there’s always this
part of me that feels torn. Because of my status,
I can’t travel freely. If I go back to Mexico, I wouldn’t be able to come
back to the United States. As I start to realize that my music serves as a voice for others, I become aware of the
responsibility that I have to keep writing songs
that will mean something. My hometown, Ciudad
Juarez, has experienced a lot of violence, a lot of crime. In the earlier 2000s, all these girls started to go missing. And my father was actually
glad that I wasn’t there. And so I have a lot of
guilt for not being there, feelings of powerlessness and anger. As I sing I can feel a
little bit of comfort and it’s healing. And that’s when I start to feel grateful and then can revert the
pain and feel blessed that I’m doing the thing I love the most. For many years I felt in limbo. But after a very lengthy process, I finally have a visa and
will be able to go back home. – One, two, three, four! ♫ The sun is so bright ♫ There is enough for both of us… – I have to wait two more years. But two more years feel like nothing now, after having waited this long. Wow!

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