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Korean dramas will always make me nostalgic for childhood New Year’s gatherings.
I grew up with a very large, very loud family. On New Year’s Day, anywhere from 40 to 60 members of that family (“clan,” as my mother calls it) would pile into my parents’ house for traditional Korean celebrations. I’d wake up to the sound of relatives pouring in through the front door and bustling through the kitchen, preparing a culturally blended brunch: bagels, coffee, and tteokguk, a savory soup made with beef broth and rice cakes. My grandfather would lead a family worship service and then the clan would resume eating. From japchae, a glass noodle and vegetable dish, to galbijjim, a sort of beef stew, to platters of Korean barbeque, eating was an all day affair, punctuated by passing around some cousin’s baby and watching TV together. Read more…