Crying in H Mart

First Edition Cover

When Emily and I visited the library, she told me the recent hot book is “crying in H Mart”. Coincidently, I saw this book on the Rapid Read display shelf. This is the reason why I picked this book for my reading. I finished reading this book in 2 weeks because it is in the “Rapid Read” display and needs to be returned within two weeks.

The author, Michelle Zauner, is an American Korean whose mother came from South Korea. Korean foods play the connection between the daughter and mother. It also represents the finding of her “identity” after the author’s mother passed away due to stomach cancer. There are many comments and sharing online, and anyone can easily find good introductions for this book.

H Mart is a Korean Asian supermarket in the US. If I were not here now, the feeling might not be so vivid to me. Furthermore, we are also new immigrants to the US, although all of my family are not the second generation yet.

The culture that we shared was active, effervescent in my gut and in my genes, and I had to seize it, foster it so it did not die in me…If I could not be with my mother, I would be her.

Near the end of the book, Zauner

Interestingly, Michelle Zauner is also the “Japanese Breakfast” singer which previously visited Taiwan. The cover of her debut album of “Psychopomp” is her mother’s photo. Her mother’s passing away is her mother’s end, but she also finds herself and the new in her writing and music performance. The intriguing relationships between the author and her mother seem one traditional type in Asian culture. Probably not every reader can appreciate and understand this kind of situation. Finally, this is still a good book to read for me!

May the Force Be With You

Recently, I began to watch STAR WARS on Disney+. Frankly, Jolie had bought all Star Wars series on Apple TV with my Taiwanese account. I never figured out how the real story is though I know it is a very famous serial movie. When you do have time to enjoy life, you can also start watching good books and great movies.

In Episode III, Revenge of Sith, Anakin asked Yoda about his nightmare regarding the loss of PADMÉ AMIDALA. Yoda replied as follows:

The fear of loss is a path to the dark side

Death is a nature part of life

Rejource for those around you who transforms in to the Force

Mour them, do not. Miss them, do not.

Attachment leads to jealousy

The shadow of great that is

Master Yoda also concluded the above challenge: Train yourself to let go of everything you feel to lose.

I would say that this is similar to the concept and mind sents when I cared the terminal patients in the past ten years. Easy to understand but hard to practice.

BURN: How does the world end?

Reading English Novel is a challenge for me. In my old days, I always read published journals in English, News sometime, but almost none for English novels.

Burn, by Patrick Ness

Recently, I visited the local library with my two girls and took a new novel from Teens Novel Area. It took me some time, but I am happy to read through my first English Novel. The story begins with a dragon hired to work on a remote farm by Sarah and her father. This is really a strange beginning but is also interesting to make me think about how the story can expand.

Coincidentally, I read the story of Desert Diary, regarding the citizenship and human right of Japanese Americans (Nikkei). It was also included in this novel. This novel setting is in 1950s America, with dragon and US-Russia Cold War. The issues of racial discrimination and homophobia were included. The story concept is also based on multi-universe, which shows the components of the science of fiction.

I think it is not a good idea to say more about the story. Anyway, I enjoyed this novel and would read the author, Patrick Ness’s famous novel, Chaos Walking.


Like so many epidemics before, the loss of so many lives began with a single microscopic organism. It’s human nature to seek even the smallest comfort in reason, or logic for evens as catastrophic as these.

But a virus dosen’t choose a time or place. It dosen’t hate or even care. It just happens

This is a film produced in 2008. It is a story of a deadly virus spread out in Scotland, which has been quarantined. Whatever the comments or critics for this film, the beginning seems to reflect the current COVID-19. It is now on Netflix.

ICOVID-19, which began in Dec 2019, are still ravaging worldwide. The recent news also reported that it has been in the 3rd surge in the US. Amide the COVID-19 pandemic, it is really safe based in Taiwan, but out of the world. I hope to have a whole new 2021 to get rid of COVID-19/SARS-COV-2 although it seems not to happen easily.