Human Parts
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Human Parts

Past Is Prologue

Disowning My (Korean) Mother’s Unhappiness

For most of my life, I have carried my mother’s unhappiness, sloshing in an aged brown vat atop a rolled towel on my head, the way old ladies do in the countryside in Korea. It was always threatening to topple or overflow, contaminating me, no matter how carefully I maneuvered to find the right balance. It cramped my neck, bogged me down, and caused aches and…

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Shinyung Oh

Shinyung Oh

Former lawyer, associate marriage & family therapist, www.capriciousbubbles.com