OC Night Market / 626 Night Market

One of my favorite parts of American culture is our ability to showcase cultures that immigrant U.S. Citizens have brought with them from their country of origin. Hancock International College recently held a group project event where some of our ESL students described their homes and parts of their culture. Asian American community has been bringing the best parts of their culture to America for years and I found out there’s a huge event going on this weekend as well as the summer months called the 626 or the OC Night Market that’s worth looking into! Here’s what I found on: http://www.8asians.com/2013/07/01/626-night-market/

8asians.com says, “The 626 Night Market is the largest Asian night market in the U.S., featuring over 160 food and merchandise vendors, live entertainment, DJs, short films, children’s activities, and much more. It is a giant food and entertainment event for the entire family to enjoy…

[The] founder Jonny Hwang came up with the idea with his wife Janet—they met and lived in Taiwan and loved going to the night markets there. When they came back to the U.S. to settle in the San Gabriel Valley, they loved how accessible the area was to Asian food and culture, but felt that one thing the area was missing was a night market. In the suburbs of the San Gabriel Valley, there wasn’t much to do late at night—a night market would provide a place where people of all ages could gather, socialize, and explore different local foods. Jonny, Janet, and a friend Brian then set out to start the 626 Night Market in Pasadena in April 2012, and the rest is history.

…One of the main purposes of the event is to provide a place for local businesses and entrepreneurs to flourish and to stimulate local economies…What the 626 Night Market does is provide a hub where all of these local mom & pop shops can showcase themselves to a huge audience, and where visitors can taste a variety of these local restaurants that they normally would not try. Not to mention, our market is a place where vendors can experiment with new fusion food creations or products and test the market before selling it at their business. It’s a win-win experience for everybody.”

This weekend is the OC Night Market so I wanted to include info from http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

OC NIGHT MARKET @ OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER 88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Hours: Fri & Sat 4pm -12am / Sun 4pm-11pm

$5 admission at the door only. Children 6 and under get in free. $8 parking charged by the venue. Alternate transportation is recommended. Please note that admission, parking, and most vendors are cash only.

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Close to Home

Meaning: Affecting one personally and intimately.

Example: When she became emotional her remarks were a bit too close to home.