8 Questions with An Yu

An Yu is the author of Braised Pork.


Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to keep plants alive or make really good bread.


What is your most treasured possession?

My jade bracelet. My mother gave it to me years ago and I've never taken it off. It's almost become a part of my body by now.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Hiking and swimming in the wilderness all day and then ending the day with a bath, a glass of wine, and a good book.


What is your motto?

"Exercise." Staying active just helps with so many things.


How would you like to die?

It doesn't really matter as long as it's not in the hospital.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

An instrument. Maybe a piano?


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Justice. We can get hung up on what ourselves and others deserve and become upset if we believe we didn't give or receive our "fair share". How is it possible to judge such things anyway?


What is your current state of mind?