A vendor shows various bracelets to a prospective customer.

PHOTO ESSAY: Cham Community Gathers for Annual Night Market and Soccer Tournament

by Ronnie Estoque


Cham Refugees Community (CRC) gathered for its annual Night Market and Soccer Tournament this past Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24. The Night Market was held on the CRC’s property on 39th Avenue South, which is currently in the process of securing necessary funds to begin development of a new community center space. Local businesses, such as Champa Brand and Rayyan’s Kuih, were amongst the many vendors during the event that sold clothing and food. King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay made an appearance at the event on Saturday. 

The Soccer Tournament was played on the turf of Brighton Playfield, which opened in June of 2020. The games drew large crowds of fans rooting for various local teams, such as Cham South West and Cham Tacoma. The playing conditions were perfect on Saturday with wind and rain being absent from the field. The sun shone brightly as cheers from fans filled up the area.

Those interested in donating towards the development of a new CRC community center can contact Cham Community Center project coordinator Slayman Appadolo via email at slayman@crcseattle.org. The CRC is also accepting donations via PayPal (CCC@crcseattle.org).

Photo of the exterior of the CRC annual night market with a banner across the top of the building in pink and blue lettering reading "Eid Mubarak."
Cham Refugees Community’s Annual Night Market had a strong attendance and featured local vendors and community members. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
A sign reading "Cham Refugee Community" alongside the exterior of the CRC building.
A sign alongside the Cham Refugees Community (CRC) building. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
A banner that reads "Rayyan's Kuih" in purple lettering above the pop-up tent stall.
Rayyan’s Kuih was a popular choice for event attendees during the night market. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Event attendees wait in line for an order of food from Rayyan’s Kuih.
Event attendees wait in line for an order of food from Rayyan’s Kuih. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
A vendor’s sign for mango shakes at the CRC Night Market.
A vendor’s sign for mango shakes at the CRC Night Market. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
A vendor at his stall selling Chè Thái and Sam Bo Luong.
A vendor sells Chè Thái and Sam Bo Luong, which were both sweet desert options for event attendees. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Photo of event attendees shopping inside a vendor's stall full of clothing.
Many event attendees visited vendors that sold locally made clothing. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Photo of a poster outlining the Cham Community Center project.
Cham Refugees Community is currently in the process of developing a new community center as outlined. Those interesting in donating can email slayman@crcseattle.org. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
A Cham Bam! player shoots their penalty kick as Champa United FC players form a wall.
A Cham Bam! player shoots their penalty kick as Champa United FC players form a wall. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
The Cham Bam! goalie celebrates a team score.
The Cham Bam! goalie celebrates a team score. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Cham Seattle Soccer 2021 Tournament Championship trophy.
Cham Seattle Soccer 2021 Tournament Championship trophy. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Cham South West takes a team photo before their game.
Cham South West takes a team photo before their game. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
A player from Cham South West and Cham Tacoma battle for possession of the ball.
A player from Cham South West and Cham Tacoma battle for possession of the ball. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)
Cham South West celebrates a goal.
Cham South West celebrates a goal. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)

Ronnie Estoque is a Seattle-based storyteller and aspiring documentarian. He is driven to uplift marginalized voices in the South Seattle community through his writing, photography, and videography. You can keep up with his work by following his Twitter and Instagram.

📸 Featured Image: A vendor shows various bracelets to a prospective customer. (Photo: Ronnie Estoque)

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