Author Archives: chenyizh

Color Green Protects Eyes

Background: The transcribed conversation between me and the informant shows folk belief on how to protect eyesight.  Informant: My mom bought a cactus for me… she says it absorbs radiation from computers and cellphones… Me: Does it really? I’ve heard of it before but I don’t think it actually works. Informant: I’m not sure, but… Continue Reading »

Chinese Enigmatic Folk Similes

Background: A friend and I were talking about the COVID-19 situation in the US. She mentioned that at late February, when COVID started to spread in the US, some people bought masks and sent them to Wuhan, China to support the medical workers there. She brought up this common saying: Main piece:  泥菩萨过河——自身难保 Pinyin: ni… Continue Reading »