Author Archives: Ashton Farrar

Ghosts and Paralysis

Context: The informant and I are sitting in the USC Gould Law Cafe around 3:00 pm. She is a Chinese American student at the University of Southern California who was born and raised in Shanghai until she came to America for high school in Maryland. She recounts some of her grandmother’s traditions to cure paralysis. … Continue Reading »

Ghosts Affecting Crying Babies

Context: The informant and I are sitting in the USC Gould Law Cafe around 3:00 pm. She is a Chinese American student at the University of Southern California who was born and raised in Shanghai until she came to America for high school in Maryland. She is describing Chinese beliefs about crying children and how there… Continue Reading »

Scissors Under Your Pillow Will Keep Away Nightmares

Context: The informant and I are sitting in the USC Gould Law Cafe around 3:00 pm where she is describing some of the Chinese traditions her grandparents used to practice. She is a Chinese American student at the University of Southern California who was born and raised in Shanghai until she came to America for… Continue Reading »

Jump Over Fire Into The New Year

Context:   The informant and I are eating lunch outside of Fertitta Hall around 12:00 pm. She describes to me about how she would bring in the New Year due to her Persian heritage. Body: Informant: “So there’s a Persian holiday that you actually celebrate the day before Persian New Year. And Persian New Year,… Continue Reading »