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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something, blue

Background: The informant is married herself, but also worked in a bridal store for years and knows a lot about wedding traditions. She specifies how this tradition ties in with wedding dresses and how the store incorporated them. LR: I know the whole, something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new as being like good… Continue Reading »

The Christmas Pickle

BACKGOUND: NH is a friend of the interviewer.CONTEXT: NH describes his family’s “Christmas Pickle” tradition.TRANSCRIPT:Informant: “Every Christmas Eve, my grandma would hide a green pickle ornament somewhere in our Christmas tree. My three cousins and I would compete to find it first. She usually hid it deep in the tree somewhere. Whoever found it first… Continue Reading »

Tarof

Main Piece:  Tarof is basically a form of etiquette in Persian culture that’s extremely important, especially when you are dealing with older generations of Iran— in the younger generations it’s not as important, but in the older generations especially it’s much more important. [laughs] I never know what the first way to introduce this is…. Continue Reading »

Deceased Insect – A Fighter Pilot Bar Game

Context: The informant, GW, is the interviewer’s father. He was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force during the late 1980s/early 1990s and participated in operation Desert Storm. I have heard him tell many stories from his time in the Air Force throughout my childhood, so I asked him to tell me some… Continue Reading »

Broken Ceramic, Broken Hearts

Context This was an incident that occurred during my cousin’s wedding that caused quite a bit of argument within the family. ‘Jie’ refers to my older sister. The interview is with my mother as I get her to recount the incident. ——————————————————————————————— Performance The following is transcribed from a conversation between me, (M), and my… Continue Reading »