Residence: Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection:
Primary Language: Chinese
Other Language(s): English
Background: The Informant was enlisted in Taiwan’s Military for two years, where he heard this story from his fellow soldiers.
Context: This story was performed in an Architecture studio, for an audience of two, in order to pass time while working on projects.
Body: “I learned this in the military in Taiwan. When you are a scout especially at night there are not many residential areas around the base. There are mostly old people around the base, who make money by selling food to the military people. Sometimes when you are scouting you will see a granny with a little cart selling rice balls. When a scout asks to buy a rice ball, the grandma says “OK” and takes out a human heart. ”
This was likely a scary legend told amongst soldiers in order to create a sense of solidarity regarding the eeriness of their situation, considering that many of them relocated from more populous areas.