Tag Archives: Black


Black Joy Parade

Context: The informant is my sister (LC) who lives in Oakland and has become an active participant in the community. Main Text: “A celebration that I attended was this one in Oakland called ‘The Black Joy Parade’ in February. The celebration uses joy as a form of resistance to celebrate all the achievements and culture… Continue Reading »

“Black and White” Chinese Children’s Game

[The subject is MW. Her words are bolded, mine are not.] Context: MW is my grandmother, who was born in Shanghai and then lived in Hong Kong later on in her youth. She moved to San Francisco as a young adult and has lived in the Bay Area for the last six decades. She is… Continue Reading »

Black Cats Superstition

Main Piece: “Black cats are bad luck.” Context and Analysis: My informant is a 19-year-old female. I asked my informant if she knew of any superstitions people live by.  To this, she responded,  “black cats are bad luck.” My informant does not remember when she first heard this superstition, but she thinks it was around… Continue Reading »

La-a (pronounced “Ladasha”)

The informant told me about this joke when I asked him about some good jokes he had heard. Informant: “So this is a joke I’ve heard from many people, some of them have claimed it to be true. The joke goes: ‘I heard about this person named Ladasha, and her name is spelled La-a. So… Continue Reading »