January 9, 2022
January 4, 2022
When I first read “Crying in H Mart”, the first non-fiction book by musician Michelle Zauner (also known as the singer of the Japanese Breakfast), the idea of death was pretty abstract to me. In the book, she recounts the many times she has used food and eating to center herself under uncertain circumstances: when she struggled to meet her family’s high expectations, and when she took on the challenge of take care of her mother as she slowly died. a terminal illness. In his grief, Zauner finds solace by making pine nut porridge, watching families shop for snacks at the H Mart, and digging into fresh seafood at a fish market in Busan, South Korea. . Zauner follows her desires, hoping the track will lead her towards closure.
Her grief was abstract to me, and then, when my grandfather fell ill, I suddenly understood what she meant.