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Indian Custom: Hair Cutting on First Birthday

Background:  My informant, NS, is an eighteen year old student at Tufts University. She was born and raised in Southern California. Her mother was born and raised in the Philippines, and her father is Indian but grew up in Scotland and Southern California. While her mother is the only member of her family to have… Continue Reading »

Seaweed Soup

Main Piece: Seaweed Soup is a popular traditional Korean dish. Original script: 미역국 Phonetic (Roman) script: Miyeok-guk Translation: Seaweed soup The following is transcribed and translated from a conversation between the interviewer and the informant. Informant: Out of all the Korean soup dishes, and there are lots and lots of it, miyeok guk (seaweed soup) probably… Continue Reading »

Seaweed Soup on Birthdays -A Korean Tradition

Main Text: HK: “On somebody’s birthday it is tradition to have seaweed soup” Collector: “Can it be any kind of seaweed soup?” HK: “I don’t think it really matters, but there are a lot of traditional recipes for seaweed soup out there” Context:  HK moved to the Unites States from South Korea when she was… Continue Reading »

German Birthday Superstition

Context: The informant was speaking about a birthday of a friend and how this belief was something she practices.   Piece: Informant: One of the superstitions that like a lot of, I think it’s just German people, but like maybe in general European people, that you can’t say Happy Birthday to someone before it’s their actual birthday. It… Continue Reading »