Tag Archives: success


Gifting Desserts – Indian Tradition

Context:  My informant, AS, is a 19-year-old Indian male who grew up in Mumbai, though he has lived in Southern California for the past three years. His family is Muslim, and he has also had lots of interaction with Hindu culture also. This piece was collected during a facetime call, when I asked him to… Continue Reading »

“In bocca al lupo” – Italian Idiomatic Phrase

Description of Informant AG (18) is an Italian-American dual citizen and high school student from Berkeley, CA. At home, she speaks primarily Italian, and spends her summers in Italy. —  Phrase Original Text: In bocca al lupo. Phonetic: N/A Transliteration: Into the mouth of the wolf. Free Translation: [See Collector’s Reflection] Responses: (1) Che crepi…. Continue Reading »

Cowboy Riddle

Main Piece: Riddle- “A cowboy came town on Friday He stayed for two days And left on Wednesday How is this possible?” Answer- “His horse’s name is Friday.” Context and Analysis: The informant claims she heard this riddle in her early childhood as she was watching the television show, iCarly. She claims when she heard… Continue Reading »

The Fisherman and His Wife

Text: Informant: So anyways, it’s something to the effect of, I don’t remember it very well but it was, it was part of a theater thing that we did and apparently it’s a very old story where, like a fisherman catches like some magic fish that, he and his wife were kind of down on… Continue Reading »

“If you try, you may succeed.”

About the Interviewed: Yuki is a Japanese student  from the University of Hokkaido, currently studying western art and culture. She’s currently participating in an American homestay at a friend’s house in Southern California. Yuki is ethnically Japanese, and she’s said that her family has lived in Japan for a long time. She’s about 21 years… Continue Reading »