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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
To purchase the book via Word Up Books, use the code ARMI2021.

Ever since my mom died, I cry in H Mart. For those of you who don’t know, H Mart is a supermarket chain that specializes in Asian food. The “H” stands for han ah reum, a Korean phrase that roughly translates to “one arm full of groceries.” H Mart is where parachute kids go to get the exact brand of instant noodles that reminds them of home. It’s where Korean families buy rice cakes to make tteokguk, a beef soup that brings in the new year. It’s the only place where you can find a giant vat of peeled garlic, because it’s the only place that truly understands how much garlic you’ll need for the kind of food your people eat. H Mart is freedom from the single-aisle “ethnic” section in regular grocery stores.

Co-sponsored by the Center of the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the Department of English and Comparative Literature, in collaboration with Word Up Community Bookshop.

May 13, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Michelle Zauner
Singer, guitarist and author
MICHELLE ZAUNER is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017). From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017)
Denise Cruz
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature @Columbia University
I’m an Associate Professor of English at Columbia University , where I teach the introduction to Asian American literature and culture. In my courses, my students and I work together to complicate the geographic, chronological, and disciplinary parameters that shape the study of gender, sexuality, and the global in twentieth and twenty-first century American, Asian North American, ethnic American, and Philippine literature and culture. I’ve also taught at the University of Toronto and Indiana University. At U of T, I led the large first-year lecture course, Literature for Our Time, for the Department of English. In all of my courses, we consider how the study of literature—as a collective and community-building endeavor—can engage a global and transnational world.