• Dear Douglas, I think your post was interesting because you explained how the rent has been raised. A line that stood out to me was “in 2012 it ignited a housing crisis that’s made it difficult for many people, especially those in minimum wage or entry-level jobs” because it shows me tht Oakland isn’t how it used to be before when rent wasnt…[Read more]

  • Dont Let The CULTURE DIE

    Based on my research, there are two opinions about sideshows. Some people feel they are part of Oakland culture and good, while others feel they are dangerous and bad. And, while I

    • Dear Yamilex, I think your post was interesting because you gave two points of views in the essay. A line that stood out to me was, “Sideshows are both good and bad, but they are mostly good because they started in Oakland in the early 90’s and they are still alive and happening.” I agree with your point because sideshows can be both negative and positive. They can be violent at times and be dangerous but in others they can therapeutic watching cars spin and spin. Thanks for writing and I hope to read your work in the future!

    • Dear Yamilex, I think your post was interesting because the fact that you wrote, ” Some people feel they are part of Oakland culture and good, while others feel they are dangerous and bad. ” is showing me that there are two opinions on Oaklands Culture. The reason I think that your post is interesting is, “Sideshows are both good and bad, but they are mostly good because they started in Oakland in the early 90’s and they are still alive and happening. A lot of people enjoy watching sideshows and love hearing the sound of the wheels screeching and hearing the crowd goes crazy over how good the donuts were or how good the car looks.” This quote is good for proving sideshows are good because I myself like sideshows and one of my cousins joins some of them as well. Anyways, your post in interiging and makes me more interested.

    • Hi Maribel, my name is Sandra and I am currently a student as SJSU. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post because I myself, have been a fan of sideshows. Sideshows are part of the Bay Area’s culture and it would be a shame to have it taken away from us. “But for those who grew up in the early days, sideshows were not as dangerous as they are innovative. They created a space for self expression and originality that bubbled up on streets of deep East Oakland,” I strongly agree with this quote. Sideshows do not often occur anywhere else, and it has become a part of Oakland’s history. While attending sideshows nowadays, it’s definitely amazing to be there and experience it all happen in real time; until you realize there is a high possibility of accidents that may occur. I also like your suggestion of creating an arena specifically for sideshows, because of the increase of safety for everyone. Thanks for the post!

  • Maribel commented on the post, Shadow Box 7 months ago

    Dear,omar i like how u talked about where your from and how u described everything about the domminant narative side you explained very well and ia gree with you people think the worse of others and think they are aggressive when theyre not

  • By: Yamilex Martinez

    My Identity 

    This shadow box represents my autoethnography. it contains different objects from Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico and Puebla Mexico and all over Mexico and my parents and two

    • Hello, I am Mayu Wise from San Jose State University. I really love your shadow box, it is very well created and includes many things that has a background to it. It really expresses your culture and it is very interesting to me because I do not know much about Mexico. Your description about each of the items is something I didn’t know about so I was able to learn from your shadow box! I am the only child, so it must be so nice to have siblings, and I could really tell you love and care for your family!

    • Dear Yamilex,
      I am ecstatic by your shadow box because you talk about your family a lot and how much you love them and i think some people don’t notice or thank their family a lot and to see someone do that is touching to the heart. Also because the way you state your words is loving and truthful. One part that stood out to me was when you still mentioned your family that has past away. It seems like you put your heart into it.

    • Hello Yamilex,
      My name is Maria 🙂 I really love your shadow box, even though I don’t know you personally I think it captures who you are perfectly. One thing I especially the fact that you added the little mini versions of the jara, cantarito, etc. not only added a cute aesthetic for your box, it also demonstrated how beautiful day to day Mexican life is. I was kind off shocked that you added pictures of your loved ones who have passed away because I personally I would probably would’ve never thought to put them on the shadow box. Overall, I really loved the seeing your shadow box and reading your explanation.
      I just have a question, does the rosary have an important significance on your identity?
      Thanks for sharing,
      Maria T.

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