Ph.D. Candidate Robert Lemon Talks Taco Trucks, Community, and Film on NPR
Posted: July 31, 2013
Poster from Transfusión, to be released in 2014
Robert Lemon was recently interviewed on Ann Fisher’s NPR/WOSU broadcast All Sides. Lemon discussed his film Transfusión, a documentary film set in Columbus, OH about food, life, immigration, and the exchange of culture in unexpected places. While the west side of the City (the Greater Hilltop Area) struggle to come to terms with how to handle the emergence of taco trucks, a black neighborhood on the East side (the King-Lincoln district) has invited a taco truck into one of the most impoverished areas of Columbus to help revitalize the community. For the City of Columbus the trucks are more than just about food, they're about immigration, race, community acceptance, and the exchange of life in the inner city.
Robert Lemon is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently working on his dissertation: "Taco Truck Transgressions: Seeking Space and Performing Place in the U.S. Urban Landscape." His work examines how various food practices and performances of identity from Mexico augment spaces and policies in Oakland, CA, Sacramento, CA, Columbus, OH, and Austin, TX.