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Slurs and Insults in a Coastal City

Background and context: The interviewer and the informant are both residents of Qingdao, a Northeastern coastal city in China. The city is known for its beaches, ports, and seafood. A big portion of the city’s economy relies on tourism.  The informant talks in Mandarin, but with the Qingdao dialect. The interviewer and the informant talk… Continue Reading »

Naming your children with things like water for good personalities

HK: Chinese people are really superstitious about how you name your child––so all the Chinese children have like, names that are made up of Chinese characters, right? And within those characters, there are characters that mean certain things. MW: What’s your name? HK: Well, let’s just say that basically my name has a lot of… Continue Reading »

Oka Falalla

Main Piece:  Informant: The Choctaw of old tell the story of Oka Famalla, “the returning waters.” This story has been told among the Choctaw for as long as we know. Interviewer: What is the “returning waters?” Informant: Long ago, the Choctaw began to be influenced in a bad way by other people. And they began… Continue Reading »

Home remedy for hiccups by drinking a glass of water covered by a napkin

Main Piece: Informant: Basically, you get a full cup of water, and you put a paper towel over the top of the cup. It has to be thick, so like a paper towel or a napkin. And then you have to drink through the paper towel, ten gulps without breathing. Like, big gulps too.  Interviewer:… Continue Reading »