Category Archives: Musical


Chinese High School Military Training

Context: All across China students join a mandatory military training for two weeks to a month before officially entering a public high school. The training usually takes place in the school. Students live in their dormitories together, and parents are not allowed to visit. Trainings are conducted by soldiers and head teachers. 30 to 50… Continue Reading »

The British War Song: Pack Up Your Troubles

Song Piece: Pack up your troubles in your old kit bagAnd smile, smile, smileAs long as you have Lucifer to light your bagSmile boys that’s the styleWhat’s the use in worryingIt never was worth while, So!Pack up your troubles in your old kit bagAnd smile, smile, smile Background: My informant learned this song from her… Continue Reading »

The British War Song: It’s a Long Way to Tipperary Song

Piece: It’s a long way to TipperaryIt’s a long way to goIt’s a long way to TipperaryTo the sweetest girl I knowGoodbye PiccadillyFarewell Lester SquareIt’s a long, long way to TipperaryBy my heart’s right there Background: My informant learned this song from her husband who was in the British Navy. Typically this song was sung… Continue Reading »

Order of Operations Mnemonic Device

Piece PEMDAS- Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally Context The informant was introduced to this mnemonic device in late elementary school and middle school as a method to learn the order of operation: parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. When solving a mathematical equation, the order that one performs the operations is important to… Continue Reading »