the shelter’s patterns have been inspired by vietnamese, portuguese, and mexican games played in the ethnically mixed neighborhood surrounding the station.

the vietnamese dice game båu cua is played in the streets during the tet – the vietnamese new year- celebration at the grand century mall at 1111 story road. we observed a card game called sueca at the portuguese organization for social services and opportunities (“posso”), and were fascinated by the score card of the game. lotería is a bingo-style game played by the mexican american community. it is not only intriguing because of the cards’ beautiful artwork, but also because of the poetic and witty comments that are traditionally announced by the game’s caller.

information about tet provided by mai truong; images of loteria cards used with permission of don clemente juego de loteria: ™/© 2014 martha maria sanchez quiroz under license to don clemente. all rights reserved. the words and designs of all playing cards are registered trademarks and copyrights of martha maria sanchez quiroz and licensed to don clemente. all rights reserved.