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Migration + Memory: An Immersive Audio Walk through Downtown Oakland

Walk through Downtown Oakland to trace the many migrations that have transformed the city into an ever-evolving community.

Migration allows people to adapt and survive. It also transforms a city into a community. Walk through downtown Oakland to uncover these interconnected migration stories.


Inspired by the sounds of local birds and their movements through California, our audio walk explores human migration and the influence various communities have had on Oakland's identity. Walking from Old Oakland to Lake Merritt, we'll trace the indigenous history of the Ohlone people, peer into local businesses, look to art for messages about social justice, reflect on the resilience of the Chinese Diaspora, and envision a city where unity transcends division.

Migration + Memory was written and produced by documentarian and Oaklander, Sarah Holtz.

Show Notes

For your reading list: The 99% Invisible City by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt and Oakland: The Story of a City by Beth Bagwell. 

Take a look at the incredible work being done by Compassion in Oakland.

Support local businesses mentioned on our walk like Maya Halal and Ratto's in addition to these must eats in Oakland Chinatown. Walk around and discover even more local spots not mentioned on our walk!​

Check out the programs at the Oakland Museum of California. You can also explore the museum's virtual exhibitions like Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism on Gesso.

There's so many things to do in Old Oakland. Discover places to eat, drink, and shop.

Follow @secretoakland's journeys through the city!

For the inner bird-watcher in you, here's some advice on identifying a Black-crowned Night-Heron.

Articles to complement what you'll hear on our walk:

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