— by Bettina Makalintal: When Lydia Pang, a design director at Nike, decided to make a zine about the foods of her family’s Hakka culture, she knew she wanted to call it “Eat Bitter.”

To “eat bitter,” in Pang’s perspective, is to endure hardship before being rewarded by sweetness: a duck dish that takes three days to brine, braise, and roast; rice that must be soaked for five hours…

Image courtesy of Louise Hagger/Lydia Pang