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La Pulga: Redefining the Flea Market

IMG_2355The flea market is usually defined as a market, typically outdoors, selling secondhand goods.  In the Latino community these flea markets are called “Pulgas” and are filled with first hand goods that speak of the values their race carries.   A person might think a “pulga” signifies cheap, dirty, low quality; and a place you might avoid if you have never been to one. This flea market is filled with life and items that their community cherishes.

Take a look into the world of a “pulga”, located in Portland, Oregon.

The first thing you notice how much this culture values is their religion and faith.

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An abundance of gold is displayed for costumers to try on and buy

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Images of Virgin Mary signify the importance of religion

The second thing you will notice as you walk around are all the different types of clothing displayed for sale. There is quite a variety for many occasions.

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“Quinceñera” dresses displayed for a girl’s 15th birthday celebration

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Traditional Mexican boots showcased

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Dresses for the little ones

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Classic rival soccer jerseys

At the heart of each pulga is the food. While each vendor has a specialty to reel you in to try and buy, everything is authentic and freshly prepared. You can witness how things are made with love and care,

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Food the heart of a Pulga

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“Duros” a tasty Mexican snack

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Fresh Fruit is always near by

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Kids having a hard time picking out a snack

The “pulga” is more than diverse than what you may think when you hear the term flea market. The items at the market speak out about what is important to this a culture. While some in our society may view the items as second class, they are in fact first class items to others.

 Adriana Pedroza

pedroa@uw.edu

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DUAL IDENTITIES

Before moving to the United States, racial identity was simple for Salwa Hoque. She knew who she was: a woman, a Muslim, a Bengali. But that’s not who she is anymore. Moving to Seattle  has forced her to adapt in many ways, change some of her old beliefs. While some of her old friends from home can’t believe how different she is, she refuses to give up some of her old self.

DSC_0721You get a sense of her clashing identities the minute you walk into her apartment. You see one pair of her traditional sandals, flanked by a pair of TOMS on one side, and a pair of boots on the other.

DSC_0693She cooks stuffed chicken, but insists on using traditional spices she brought from Bangladesh, because “the food here is just too bland.”

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South Seattle, 98118: Everyday Diversity

Fou Lee Market and Deli; my parents and grandparents have been buying groceries for foreign dishes here for years!

Fou Lee Market and Deli; my parents and grandparents have been buying groceries for foreign dishes here for years!

Seattle's Filipino Influence Top: The Filipino Community Center aka the Filipino after party spot (I'm probably going to have my wedding reception here). Bottom: A Bridge named after Filipino Nationalist Jose Rizal.

Seattle’s Filipino Influence
Top: The Filipino Community Center aka the Filipino after party spot (I’m probably going to have my wedding reception here).
Bottom: A Bridge named after Filipino Nationalist Jose Rizal.

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Filipino Community of Seattle Reacts to Typhoon Haiyan with Prayers and Donations

By Christopher Duclos

In early November of 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated a large portion of the Philippines. Haiyan was the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, killing at least 5,598 people and displacing thousands more. The Filipino youth and community of Seattle was nothing short of proactive in providing the relief supplies and funds necessary. With all hope, prayer and donations received, the Philippines and it’s people that were affected by the storm hope to bounce back from this disaster.

The storm was formed on November 3rd, 2013 and moved it’s way across central-southern Philippines until November 11th, 2013.

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A Seattle-based Filipino youth organization “Anak-Bayan” (translation: Child Nation or Nation of Children) focused all its efforts on relief for those affected by the typhoon. Throughout the many events that Anak-Bayan staged, this banner that read “Give Love Send Relief” was used. The banner became a staple prop in recognizing the organization’s relief efforts.

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Father Mark Galang of the Beacon United Methodist Church presided over a congregation of Filipinos at a night service held for the victims of the storm. The night time mass was held on Tuesday, November 19th, a week after the storm dissipated. The service was held on a Tuesday so that the whole service’s prayers can be directed towards the disaster itself.

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Throwing Shade: A Battle for More Colors At Macy’s

Foundation ShadesFoundation at the Shiseido department of Macy’s sheds light on the color battle. Fair shades like “Ivory 12” and “Creamy Beige 06” are put on front display, with deeper tones towards the back.

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Lisa Brown, 47, is shown searching for her correct foundation match. She explains, “I always have problems finding a tone that matches my skin. I don’t understand why they don’t make colors for us!” Continue reading