Bonus Interview: Michelle Zauner, “Crying in H Mart”

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Japanese Breakfast performs during Jack Antonoff's 1984 Superjam at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Japanese Breakfast performs during Jack Antonoff's 1984 Superjam at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

After her mother died of cancer in 2014, MICHELLE ZAUNER found herself breaking down in the aisles of H Mart, a popular Korean supermarket chain. She asked herself: “Am I even Korean anymore if there’s no one left to call and ask which brand of seaweed we used to buy?”

Her memoir, Crying in H Mart, details the journey of grief, food, identity and memory that Zauner has been on since losing her mother. Zauner, a rock musician who records under the name Japanese Breakfast, joined us in 2021 to talk about her musical talent and memoir.

Featured Song: Be Sweet, from Japanese Breakfast’s album, Jubilee.

Japanese Breakfast performs Saturday at The Dell Music Center in Philadelphia with Yo La Tengo and Cate Le Bon.

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