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Setting up La Burbuja at its launch party at Guelaguetza, a famous, Oaxacan-style Mexican restaurant in LA’s Koreatown. La Burbuja lived at Guelaguetza from August through December 2012 before moving to Santa Cecilia Church in South LA. Photo by Eric Pear

Setting up La Burbuja at its launch party at Guelaguetza, a famous, Oaxacan-style Mexican restaurant in LA’s Koreatown. La Burbuja lived at Guelaguetza from August through December 2012 before moving to Santa Cecilia Church in South LA. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

:: Last June, Sonic Trace launched a competition to design a sound booth, which would serve as a portable recording hub for Mexican and Central American immigrants to tell their stories. The winners, Hugo Martinez and his partner Christin To, designed La Burbuja, “The Bubble.” A silvery globe with a hot pink, rosa Mexicano interior, La Burbuja has served as the site of more than 200 interviews to date.