Author Archives: Marcus Wu

Shitty Luck

Informant is my friend that has grown up in Taiwan and Canada, while also studying in LA. Informant: 狗屎運 (Gou Shi Yun) literally means: “dog poo luck”. In our culture upon stepping on any type of poop is considered good luck. We just happen to say dog poo because there are more stray dogs that poo… Continue Reading »

Chopsticks

Informant is my friend that has grown up in Taiwan and Canada, while also studying in LA. Informant:   Never, ever, ever put your chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice. This is a physical resemblance to burning incense. We only burn incense when you go to a temple and usually during a funeral, so putting your… Continue Reading »

4th Floor

Informant is my friend that has grown up in Taiwan and Canada, while also studying in LA. Informant:   In almost every modern apartment in Taiwan, they will usually have the 4th floor, but older buildings will not have the 4th floor because the number 4 is a homophone to the word death. 死(si) death and 四(si)… Continue Reading »

Shaky Legs

Informant is my friend that has grown up in Taiwan and Canada, while also studying in LA. Informant: I personally hate looking at people who shake their legs, especially seeing you do it so much annoys me so much. My dad used to say that it is bad in our culture because it is a sign… Continue Reading »

Trip to Dun Huang

The informant went to Dun Huang China in the early 2000s for her dissertation work and upon entering various old caves that contained Buddhist arts, she had a very supernatural phenomenon happen to her. Informant: The first time I went there, I stayed in Dun Huang for a month. Then, that was a seminar for… Continue Reading »