“So shines a good deed in a weary world.” — Willy Wonka

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BLUE KIMCHI VIDEO RECIPE

Where the future is always really now.

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Yung Buddhz, Bringer of Blue Kimchi, Jeonju, South Korea

THE STORY: BLUE KIMCHI DREAMS


In the shit in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Part of a series where individuals share their stories of misfortune and the recipes that got them through.

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“Does the realization of the meaninglessness of life require suicide?”

— Albert Camus, Myth of Sisyphus

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Phung Sophia Tran, Beachside Cook and Filmmaker, Nha Trang, Vietnam

THE UNFORTUNATE STORY


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Bucky Feng Mian Zhōu, Operator, Taipei, New Taiwan

THE UNFORTUNATE STORY


Love’s potency depends on taste.

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FULL VIDEO RECIPE

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Emma Rousseau-Koh, PhD Candidate of Anthropology, Seoul, South Korea

THE UNFORTUNATE STORY

Father didn’t approve.

I was his only offspring and the last of our family’s pure-French bloodline. Supposedly, my mother was a descendent of Joan of Arc, my father a descendent of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. As Rousseau would have argued, we can be liberated from the weight of such social constructs. When freed, however, human nature is not necessarily inherently good as he believed. …


Packed full of collagen for amazing-looking skin.

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Bʏ Yᴜɴɢ B. | Mᴀʏ 5ᴛʜ, 2018

I met Matty, an Iraq War veteran, at a pojangmacha (outdoor Korean tent bar) in Pohang, South Korea. He was wearing a facial prosthetic (a mask). His face was heavily scarred from burns. He spoke in a jarringly raspy and low type of whisper. When I approached him, he was examining his face with a hand mirror. Below is his story as told to me transcribed as accurately as possible.

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Part of a series where individuals share their stories of misfortune and the recipes that got them through.

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Im Ji-Yong, Son of Poet, Gwangju, South Korea

THE UNFORTUNATE STORY

Malcolm Little’s mother would make Malcolm and his sisters a stew of dandelions she’d pick from the street –– a dreadful reminder of their poverty.

The dandelion is a wild flower but also considered a nuisance—mistakenly identified as a weed, an unwanted growth that can ruin a perfectly manicured lawn.

Malcolm’s grandmother — raped by a white man — gave birth to his half-white mother, Louise. This lighter skin…


Popular Thai bar snack

Part of a series where individuals share their stories of misfortune and the recipes that got them through.

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Siwa Chaiprasit, Advertising, Bangkok, Thailand

THE UNFORTUNATE STORY

I met a farang (foreigner) on Tinder in Bangkok. We went out and enjoyed so many great experiences. Everything was going well, and we were happy. We were planning to go to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand in the next few weeks after I finished my exams. One day, I saw his Instagram and he was already in Chiang Mai and didn’t even tell me. I unfollowed him right there and never spoke to or saw him…


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Part of a series where individuals share their stories of misfortune and the recipes that got them through.

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Carlos Garcia, Shipping Manager, Downtown Los Angeles

THE UNFORTUNATE STORY

I was a high school fullback at Cerritos Hills High School — Second-team, All-State. For our division’s championship game, I scored a two-yard touchdown to seal the victory. It was only my third carry of the season, but it was a big one. I remember all my teammates chanting, “Chalu-u-u-u-p-a-a! Chalu-u-u-pa!” They called me Chalupa because I was a little bit thicker and tougher than the others.

Fullbacks aren’t used…


Let your Seoul glow.

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Part of a series where individuals share their stories of misfortune and the recipes that got them through.

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Steven Lee, Online Sales Manager, Koreatown, Los Angeles

THE UNFORTUNATE STORY

It was one of those times, you know, post-college when you don’t have a job or a thing to do. Back then, smartphones didn’t exist and the internet was more of a sit-down-at-your-desk type of situation. Cable TV was a luxury. Crashing long-term on a friend’s couch, I’d wake up in the morning and there was nothing to do except watch TV. On weekdays, the only thing that seemed…


A region-specific speciality at Tongdosa temple, South Korea

Part of a series where individuals share their stories of misfortune and the recipes that got them through.

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Min Ji-Woo, Monk and Chef at Tongdosa Temple, South Korea

THE UNFORTUNATE STORY

When I was twenty-four, my wife left me for another man. He was a rich business owner. I was a mechanic at an auto-repair shop. I was in great pain and had trouble concentrating on my work. We had dated since the 10th grade. I suffered from great anxiety after this incident. Three months later, I decided to leave my life behind and become a monk. At the temple, I found that…

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