Author Archives: Annaliese Schauer

Ghost on MA-70

[The subject is PD. His words are bolded, mine are not.] Context: PD is a college student from Massachusetts. He is Caucasian, of Irish-Catholic heritage, and has lived in the United States for his entire life. This story was told to a small group of people during a party, just after midnight, when the conversation… Continue Reading »

“Black and White” Chinese Children’s Game

[The subject is MW. Her words are bolded, mine are not.] Context: MW is my grandmother, who was born in Shanghai and then lived in Hong Kong later on in her youth. She moved to San Francisco as a young adult and has lived in the Bay Area for the last six decades. She is… Continue Reading »

Cutting Hair for Chinese New Year

[The subject is MW. Her words are bolded, mine are not.] ME: Can you tell me about a Chinese New Year tradition? MW: Chinese New Year, or Chinese New Year eve, we will put the whole table. Mother cook, or have the servant cook, all kinds of goodies, but we cannot eat first. But they… Continue Reading »

Proverb for How to Approach Different Kinds of Bears

[The subject is MSt. Her words are bolded, mine are not.] MSt: If it’s black, attack; if it’s brown, lie down; if it’s white, good night. ME: Could you explain that for me? MSt: Alright, so when you’re, like, in the backcountry, you see a bear, there’s different, like, responses that you should have depending… Continue Reading »