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Your evening longread: A family story told through a recipe for seaweed soup

It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

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EVERY SUNDAY, WE bring you a round-up of the best longreads of the week in Sitdown Sunday.

For the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you an evening longread to enjoy. With the news cycle dominated by the coronavirus situation, we know it can be hard to take your mind off what’s happening.

So we want to bring you an interesting read every weekday evening to help transport you somewhere else.

We’ll be keeping an eye on new longreads and digging back into the archives for some classics.

Seaweed Soup

In this piece for The Rumpus, Maria T Allocco tells the story of her family through a recipe for seaweed soup.

(The Rumpus, approx 20 mins reading time)

My pregnant grandmother walked through miles of man-made bombs in North Korea to reach the south. Once a wealthy woman, she now wore her remaining possessions. A local South Korean woman allowed my grandmother to enter her empty shed. There, my grandmother gave birth to my mother. The woman made my grandmother 미역국. Fed it to her. It is tradition to serve seaweed soup to new mothers. Also, to loved ones on birthdays. Both birth and survival are miracles.

Have a suggestion of what you’d like to see included? Email me at aoife@thejournal.ie.

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