The following is an overview of the analysis of Michelle Zauner’s article “Ever since my mom died, I cry in H Mart”.
The rhetorical situation of the article is that the sender is an Asian-American singer and songwriter who recounts how difficult it can be to stay in touch with her Asian heritage. The article appeared in The New Yorker in 2018, and its target audience could be other Asian Americans going through the same loss, or simply people who are interested in hearing about the experiences of immigrants and children of immigrants.
The article has a simple composition. The writer uses narration and description to get her point across. Zauner’s honest account of the events makes the readers sympathize with her.
The style of language is mostly informal, with elements of spoken language. The writer uses humorous expressions at time, which makes her seem more approachable.
Rhetorical devices help the readers understand the writer’s struggles. Devices such as anecdotes and interrogations are used to explain not only Zauner’s experience but the experience of other Asian immigrants as well.
The main form of appeal used in the article is pathos, as Zauner presents an emotional picture of her experience as someone who has lost her mother and her connection to her heritage. Zauner also appeals to ethos since her experiences as a Korean American makes her knowledgeable on the topic of immigrants in the US.
Descriptions of place play an important role in Zauner’s exploration of the topic. For example, she offers a very detailed description of the H Mart food court, which points to the way food can be used to connect people with their culture.