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Superstition: Don’t Play With Matches, ‘Cause You’ll Pee the Bed

Main Piece:  “Don’t play with matches, cause you’ll pee the bed. Yeah, that was a major way of disciplining me when I was a kid. So that I wouldn’t play with matches when I was a kid.” Background: My informant experienced this almost as a threat that his parents would make in order to make… Continue Reading »

Chinese High School Military Training

Context: All across China students join a mandatory military training for two weeks to a month before officially entering a public high school. The training usually takes place in the school. Students live in their dormitories together, and parents are not allowed to visit. Trainings are conducted by soldiers and head teachers. 30 to 50… Continue Reading »