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Meaning Behind The Proverb “In The Land of The Blind, The One Eyed Man is King.”

Main Piece: Original Text (Latin): “In regione caecorum rex est luscus.” Translation: “In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.”  Meaning as told by my informant: “It means that if everything is bad, and one thing is less bad, then it’s automatically the best. It plays on the idea of ‘best’… Continue Reading »

Meaning Behind The Proverb “Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst”

Main Piece:  Original Proverb: “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”  Meaning as told by my informant:  “It’s honestly pretty self explanatory. It’s good to be an optimist… you should always root for what you want and have faith. However, you can’t be naive about it. You should always have some kind of plan… Continue Reading »

Meaning Behind The Proverb “I Don’t Have to Outrun The Bear”

Main Piece:  Original Proverb: “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.”  Meaning as told by my informant: “So, the story goes like this. Two men are hiking in the woods, and they see a bear. The bear is really mad, so they start running to get away. The first… Continue Reading »

The Ritual of Grad Night

Main Piece:  The following is transcribed from a conversation between me (LT) and my informant (AT).  AT: For high school graduation, either right before or right after you do your graduation ceremony, it’s usually sometime during that week… There’s this other, more casual ceremony called Grad Night, where you stay up all night with your… Continue Reading »

The Ritual of Miyeok-guk (미역국)

Main Piece: The following is transcribed from a conversation between me (LT) and my informant (GK).  GK: Every year on your birthday, you eat the same thing, and it’s Seaweed Soup. The Korean name is Miyeok-guk (미역국), which literally translates to “seaweed soup.”  LT: I’m assuming there’s something symbolic there, right? GK: You’re supposed to… Continue Reading »