Author Archives: Harrison Ryoo

Wet Hair and Headaches

Context: While out during the weekend, the I was discussing beliefs and where they might have come from with a group of friends. While talking and after hearing some examples of superstitions, the informant brought up several superstitions he heard as a kid. In the transcript of our conversation, he is identified as S (storyteller)… Continue Reading »

The Healing Touch

Context: The informant and I were talking about an injury he had since high school and shares with me a particular healing practice he received during his time recovering. In the transcript of our conversation, he is identified as S (storyteller) and I am identified as C (collector).   S: As a Christian family, my… Continue Reading »

Whistling and Snakes

Context: The informant is a student currently attending Pierce Community College. He recounts a Korean story told to him by his parents when he was younger and giving his parents a tough time. In the transcript of our conversation, he is identified as S (storyteller) and I am identified as C (collector). continuing from another… Continue Reading »

Knocking on Wood

Context: The informant is a student at USC. We began talking in a study session room while we were waiting for other people to come. In this account, he is describing a tradition he and his family does. In the transcript of our conversation, he is identified as S (storyteller) and I am identified as… Continue Reading »