Residence: Los Angeles, CA/Chicago, IL
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/29/15
Primary Language: English
Collector: Do you have any lucky numbers?
Collector: Why 8?
Informant: Because it’s a lucky number in China. That’s where I grew up. So, like, 88 is a really, really lucky number there.
Collector: That’s interesting!
Collector’s Notes: In class we talked about unlucky numbers in China, but I don’t think we mentioned any lucky numbers. Here, in the United States, we have 3 and 7. It weird how we learned that 4 is an unlucky number in Chinese culture, but they find 8, 4’s double, lucky! I personally find 8 lucky because I like both the number 4 and 8 inherently. Maybe because there are 4 people in my family, and possibly because I started dating and got engaged to my fiancé on August 8th, or 8/8. I like how the Informant is still very in touch with the culture that they were exposed to in China. Because that was such a fundamental time of their life (childhood) it makes sense that those beliefs stayed with them and they carried them with them here.