Members of Mabuhay Performers, a Philippine cultural dance organization in West Seattle, prepare to perform during Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival Sunday at the Seattle Cente. Thier dress is a traditional philippino dress called Maria Clara.
Daisy made out of paper welcomes visitors to a candy store, Sweeties, inside the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.
Mike McElhany, (left) and his children, Keith,8, Katelyn ,10, and Kyle,13; and McElhany's nephews, Brett Shriver,9, watch salmons visible through a glass ceiling in The Seattle Aquarium. The image is reflected in a tank displaying Rougback Sculpin, Pasific Staghorn Sculpin, Snake Prickleback and Shiner Perch.
Keiko Cullen (right in a blue Japanese dress) and Jordan Lee,8, perform Bon Odori, a traditional Japanese dance, during Bon Odori Festival Saturday near the Seattle Buddhist Temple in Seattle. Two days event featured street folk dance, artistic displays, taiko performance and Japanese food.
Pedestrians walk by a showcase window display of Nordstrom in downtown Seattle.
Jorge De Luna,11, (left) and his brothers Celio,10, (center) and Carlos,12, love playing songs in public that they practice and hope to be professional musicians. De Luna family immigrated to the United States eight years ago from Mexico.
Ed Castagno calls himself,"A human being from the planet," who is originally from Hawaii, has been traveling across the Unites States for years. His destination this time is Seattle to meet his brother who he has not met for ten years.
An international matador from Mexico Arturo Gilio performs during a bullfight show in Stevinson, Calif. California cities such as Stevinson, Tracy, Gustine and Thorton are the heart of the bullfighting in the United States.
Saharr Ahmed,8, of San Jose, stands by her uncle during an interfaith service at the Baitul Baseer Mosque in Milpitas.
Gov. Gary Locke reacts after a news conference in his office. The Legislature adjoured for the fourth time this year without approving a statewide plan to fix Washington's worsening transportation crisis. Sharing thoughts behind him are from right: Andrew Johnson, transportation-policy adviser; Paula Hammond, chief of staff with the Transportation Department; and Dana Middleton, Locke's spokeswoman.
Oat Greene (center),66, of Neah Bay waits while Emma Dulik (right) hugs Dorothy Goerge before going to a cemetary for the burial of last Makah Indian Tribe member, Isabelle Ides, who was 101 years-old. The ceremony was held at Neah Bay High School gym in Neah Bay, WA.
Kristyna Lopez,4, who is dying from cancer, watchs a perfomance at the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art in Bellevue. The storyteller at Children's Hospital had organized friends, family and performers to create an afternoon of "magic" for her, with her favorite songs, gifts, costumes and choruses. Little Kristyna started out strong but wounded up having a tearful day.
Jun Yo and Shan
In 1982, Jun Yo, left, emigrated from Shanghai. "After you lost the freedom under the dictator redeem, then you will understand why the freedom in America is very important." "Before I became a U.S. citizen, I respected the Chinese flag. After I became a U.S. citizen, I respect the American flag. I am with the people of this country now." Ten years later, he was granted an U.S. citizenship. He and his wife live in San Francisco's Chinatown.
"During the wartime, it's a symbol of a country being in distress or personally me being in distress by holding my flag upside down." "A lot of people don’t respect for the flag, don’t bring it in at night or have it ruminated, they are flying them because everybody else is flying them." Marques,46, of San Jose was in the Army from 1974 to '76. He now is a full-time student at Evergreen Community College majoring in business administration and planning to go to San Jose State University.
The flag symbolizes "our ideals that are written down in the Constitution and formulated into our government system...My feelings about the flag are deep and intense. " Hudson is a technical writer based in San Jose.
"Lower people like us on the street, the people that really make this country work, that’s you and me and the peasants, we are really the ones that makes this country work, I think, that what the flag means to me."
Miller, 57, also known as "Rebel" by customers, is a bartender of San Francisco’s oldest bar, The Saloon.
Ann Colby, 29,
and her daughter Claire, 3 years-old, and Anna, 11 months-old of Palo Alto:
The flag is a "symbol of what our country stands for, freedom to be what you want to be and who you want to be. It makes me proud when other people are displaying the flag ."
Moreno remembers about his father as he sees Stars and Stripes. "My dad was in a Iwojima war and we always raised flag since he was there when we were very little." "He makes me proud of he fought for the country, that is why I was proud of him," says Moreno as he carefully holds his father’s dog tag. Moreno is a social worker for seniors and a part-time student at Martin Lucer King Jr. library where he learns reading, tutoring and computer.
Young is a father of three children and six grandchildren. "I know that this is the United States of America and I am supposed to be treated equally and have an equal right and justice for all ... and this is what I fight for." Norman is a head maintenance and custodial worker for the San Jose Unified School District.
Half Taiwanese and half Japanese, 37, of Sunnyvale, asked a friend to take a picture of her with the flag when she became a U.S. citizen Dec. 8. In Taiwan, many men "look at women as very dumb...In this country, women have more independence...Everybody is just equal. You are men and you are women."