Author Archives: Yuanqing Song

The Story Behind Japanese Saying: 情けは人の為ならず (One Good Turn Deserves Another)

Main Piece: “There is a common saying in Japan, in Japanese it’s: 情けは人の為ならず. Original script: 情けは人の為ならず Phonetic (Roman) script: Nasake wa hito no tame narazu Transliteration: the good you do for others is good you do yourself. Full translation: One good turn deserves another.  It means when you do things for someone, it’s not for them,… Continue Reading »

Chicken Wishbone

Main Piece: The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant and interviewer. Informant: Remembering my mom used to make chicken when my sister and I were younger, if she was making chicken, she would take out the wishbone and set it to the side. And we would have to let it dry, or… Continue Reading »

Jumping the Broom at Wedding

Main Piece: The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant and interviewer. Informant: We do jumping the broom. That’s one, that’s like black tradition. Yea, after you get married, and before you walk down to the aisle as Mr and Mrs, you jump over the broom at the altar. Interviewer: What does that mean?… Continue Reading »