In 2018 Michelle Zauner (also known by her indie rockstar alias Japanese Breakfast) penned the New Yorker article “Crying in H Mart” about losing her mother. Three years later this essay, which she describes as “the first chapter of the story that I want to tell about my mother,” has expanded into Zauner’s memoir—a story of food, family, and grief. Zauner comes to CHF to discuss growing up Korean American, becoming a musician, and remembering her mother. She is joined in conversation by New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino.
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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). Image credit: Barbora Mrazkova.
Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror.