Category Archives: Digital


Color Green Protects Eyes

Background: The transcribed conversation between me and the informant shows folk belief on how to protect eyesight.  Informant: My mom bought a cactus for me… she says it absorbs radiation from computers and cellphones… Me: Does it really? I’ve heard of it before but I don’t think it actually works. Informant: I’m not sure, but… Continue Reading »

The Jersey Devil

Background:  My informant, NK, is 19 years old and of South Korean descent from both her mother and father’s sides of the family. Her grandparents live close to her, so she spends a lot of time with them. She is very passionate about cooking. Even though she is majoring in biochemical engineering at UC Berkeley,… Continue Reading »

Facebook Senior Names

Background:  My informant, AK, is a 19 year old student at the University of Michigan. She was born and raised in Southern California and is studying engineering. While in high school, AK was an active member and team captain of her school’s swim team. She attended the school from kindergarten until she graduated and knew… Continue Reading »

The Ritual Game: One Man Hide-and-Seek

Interviewer: Okay so how do you play this game? Informant: Well as the name suggests you have to do this alone, while everyone is out of the house, preferably. You take an old doll that you don’t like anymore, cut it open and remove all the stuffing. Then fill it up with white rice. Once… Continue Reading »

Garlic Coronavirus Meme

Context: The following is a meme from the informant, my maternal uncle. It was meant as a humorous reaction to the announcement of social distancing in reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic. Background: My uncle, being a surgeon, shared this meme that had been circulated by his fellow medical professionals. Main piece:  Analysis: This meme attempts… Continue Reading »