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Why You Can’t Split a Pear

Context: My informant is a 55 year old woman that immigrated from China to America in her early 30s. She is a mother, a registered nurse, and also a teacher in nursing school. This conversation took place in a hotel one evening, and the informant and I were alone. In this account, she explains why… Continue Reading »

Korean Wordplay

Me – It’s weird (or “Teeth will rot”). X – Then go to a dentist. My informant claims he had created this joke himself.  Nonetheless when he used it on others, they were not surprised saying they have heard the joke before.  Perhaps he did originally think of the joke but others also thought of… Continue Reading »