Author Archives: Justin Durham-Catchings

Band Chain Link Necklace

Informant: S, a 22-year-old Caucasian female who was born and raised in Colorado. She went to a catholic school and played saxophone in the band. Her family practiced Catholicism regularly. She is now a senior in Computer Science at the University of Southern California. Background info: S spent her summers at band camp, where her and… Continue Reading »

Píng’ān yè (Chinese Christmas Eve, roughly ‘Night of Peace’)

Informant: M, a 21-year-old, Chinese male who grew up in Beijing until he turned 17 before moving to the United States. He now lives in Los Angeles, California, and attends the University of Southern California with his girlfriend who is from Southern China. Background info: M’s first language was Mandarin. His family spoke Mandarin and he… Continue Reading »

Chinese New Year Doll (Tu’er Ye)

Informant: M, a 21-year-old, Chinese male who grew up in Beijing until he turned 17 before moving to the United States. He now lives in Los Angeles, California, and attends the University of Southern California with his girlfriend who is from Southern China. Background info: M’s first language was Mandarin. His family spoke Mandarin and he… Continue Reading »

College Studying Murder Story

Informant: J, a 22-year-old, Caucasian male who grew up in San Francisco, California until he turned 16. He now lives in Boise, Idaho. He spent his summers at summer camp with his friends. Background info: During summer camps, counselors and children would sit around a firepit at night and tell stories. While some of these… Continue Reading »

Backseat Butcher Horror Story

Informant: J, a 22-year-old, Caucasian male who grew up in San Francisco, California until he turned 16. He now lives in Boise, Idaho. He spent his summers at summer camp with his friends. Background info: During summer camps, counselors and children would sit around a fire-pit at night and tell stories. While some of these… Continue Reading »