Tag Archives: Stereotypes/Blason Populaire


Dumb southerners

Main piece: A common stereotype is that people from the Southeast are fat, uneducated, racist rednecks. Context: The informant (S) is originally from Marietta, Georgia, and their lineage traces back to Germany on both sides of their family. They are a high school student about to graduate and head off to Boston for college. They… Continue Reading »

Chinese Restaurant Clapping Game

Context Having collected a fairly common children’s game, thumb wars, I sought a game or rhyme that was more obscure. While familiar with similar games such as Paddy Cake (which the informant mentioned for reference), I had never heard of the Chinese Restaurant variant. Main Piece When I was little, on the playground we used to… Continue Reading »

No Dancing in Texas/China

Context: I collected this from a high school friend when we were on a camping trip together over Spring Break. Background: My friend was originally born in Texas, where his father is from, before moving to California as a child. His mother is an immigrant from China. Dialogue: Yeah, um, again, I wrote a paper for dance history class… Continue Reading »

Religious ‘Crossing’ and Pre-Performance Chant Parodies

Informant (“A”) is a 19 year old, female from Rancho Santa Fe, California, and attends The University of Southern California. She is a Human Biology major. She is of European descent and her family includes her mother, father, and older brother who attends college in Texas. Informant has studied ballet for 17 years, including work… Continue Reading »

Hipsters

About the Interviewed: Spencer is a former student of the George Washington University, now graduated and teaching English overseas. He describes his ethnic background as “Potpourri”, with his family having a mixture of Scottish-Polish origins with some Irish thrown in the mix. His family has lived in North America for generations, so he prefers to identify… Continue Reading »