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Tastes Like War: An Author Talk with Grace M. Cho

02/16/23 @ 1:00pm –
02/16/23 @ 2:00pm


This Livestreamed Event can be viewed from home, or in the Edward Smith Library’s Community Room.

Grace M. Cho, Author of Tastes Like War, February 16.

You’re invited to an insightful chat with award-winning author Grace M. Cho as she discusses her memoir, Tastes Like War

Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life.

Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. In her mother’s final years, Grace learned to cook dishes from her mother’s childhood in order to invite the past into the present, and to hold space for her mother’s multiple voices at the table. And through careful listening over these shared meals, Grace discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her—but also the things that kept her alive.