Author Archives: Gavin Conlon

A ghost who died while eating, still looks good

Context: The subject is a college freshman, born in South Korea before moving to the United States when they were 12 years old. I wanted to get to know more about any folklore they might have experienced growing up, so I conducted an interview with them to find out. They use this proverb very frequently… Continue Reading »

Back When Tigers Used to Smoke: The Origin of Korea

Context: The subject is a college freshman, born in South Korea before moving to the United States when they were 12 years old. I wanted to get to know more about any folklore they might have experienced growing up, so I conducted an interview with them to find out.   Piece: Subject: You know how… Continue Reading »

Why do you have to taste soy paste and shit to tell them apart?

Context: The subject is a college freshman, born in South Korea before moving to the United States when they were 12 years old. I wanted to get to know more about any folklore they might have experienced growing up, so I conducted an interview with them to find out.   Piece: Subject: It’s said in… Continue Reading »

First-foot

Context: I conducted this interview over the phone, the subject was born and raised in Scotland before moving to England, Canada, the United States, then to Northern Ireland, and, finally, back to the United States. I knew she continued to practice certain traditions which were heavily present in her childhood and wanted to ask her… Continue Reading »

The Menahune Men

Context: The subject is a 19 year old student at USC, her ancestors are Hawaiian and has grown up hearing different stories about Hawaiian culture and old folktales. I asked her to coffee to discuss such things. Piece: Interviewer: “So what’s the first piece of Hawaiian folklore that jumps to your mind?” Subject: “The Menehune… Continue Reading »