This Is Us


Notes on watching my grandmother love, age, and embrace cheap music

Angela Meng
Human Parts
Published in
9 min readJun 17, 2020
A photo of the author as a child with her grandmother.
Photo courtesy of the author.

My grandmother died on May 6, 2020, at 8:49 a.m. I don’t remember what I was doing when I got the call — only thinking that, since I was in California (a whopping 15 hours behind Beijing), in my time zone, she was most certainly still alive.