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“Fatty” was a nickname given to the Republic of Korea Army General Chae Pyong-dok by the Americans.

A Little Menu

Wieners
Canned fruit
Crackers
Soluble coffee
Milk powder
Granulated sugar
Tin of jam
Cookie sandwich
Fudge
or
Radish Soup
Birthday Seaweed Soup
Pan-fried Spam with kimchi
Strictly lard
so
What did General Fatty eat?

From Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016). Copyright © 2016 by Don Mee Choi. Used with the permission of the author and Wave Books.

From Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016). Copyright © 2016 by Don Mee Choi. Used with the permission of the author and Wave Books.

Don Mee Choi

Don Mee Choi

Don Mee Choi is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016) and The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010). She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the 2012 Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. She lives in Seattle.

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