My parent(s) wanted me to…
My parent(s) wanted me to remember my grandparents and their ancestors through the Korean tradition of Jaesa. During Seollnal, which is the Korean Lunar New Year, my mom would lay out colorful foods, usually consisting of a boiled chicken that looks like it is bowing to the photos, fruits, sweet rice cakes, soup, jeon (these delicious panfried patties of vegetable, meat, fish), incense stuck in a bowl of rice, a bottle of Korean rice wine, and a photo of our paternal grandparents. After you set all the delicious food out, you bow in front of the picture to show respect and remembrance. My parents immigrated to the US recently and now they are teaching my two little Korean-Italian girls how to do a Seollnal bow.