Korean rock paper scissors

Background: Kayla Saikaly is a 21-year-old student living in Los Angeles, CA. She is a student at UCSD. She was born and raised in Southern California.

Original script: “So I learned this game from my Korean friend. It’s basically another version of rock paper scissors. So two people do rock paper scissors and the person who has the winning hand will switch to another sign and the other person has the option of switching their hand or keeping the same sign. If the person who originally had the winning hand chooses the sign that is the same as the other person, then the person who originally had the winning hand wins. It’s kind of confusing but once you play it once with a friend, it makes perfect sense. It gets pretty competitive haha but it’s super convenient to play when you’re travelling with friends and don’t have any cards or something.”

Background Information about the Piece by the informant: My informant went to an elementary school in Cerritos, CA. It was a magnet school. Her best friend was Korean-American so she learned a lot of Korean games and words from her.

Thoughts about the piece: This game requires you to shout out Korean words while you’re playing rock paper scissors so it’s quite interesting that someone that is not Korean remembered the game so well and was able to understand the Korean words by playing the game with her friends.