Alumni Book: Grace M. Cho
Grace M. Cho
Tastes Like War
(Feminist Press, 2021)
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 Cho was 15, 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, Cho 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, Cho discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her—but also the things that kept her alive.
Cho received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2005 from the CUNY Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: MAY 18, 2021
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