Louise Hagger, Eat Bitter


September 2020

Order Louise and Lydia’s zine – ‘Eat Bitter’ – here.

The zine has just been featured in Riposte. Read the article here.

“Endure pain to taste sweetness.”

Eat Bitter is a collection of short stories told through childhood recipes that are not for the faint hearted. This zine is an ode to and celebration of the spirit of The Pang family and their Hakka heritage. A year long project, eating bitter and the idea of resilience and patience in dark times, has grown a sharper cultural significance in 2020. A project that began as quiet introspection has grown into a conversation around protecting and celebrating Chinese culture and cuisine. A portion of the profits are being donated to Welcome To Chinatown, an initiative that supports Chinese businesses affected due to increased xenophobia in the wake of Covid-19.

This collaboration spanned time zones and generations. The imagery was created by two female, half Chinese creatives; Creative Director Lydia Pang and Photographer Louise Hagger. The stories, recipes and memories were written by Lydia Pang, with help from her father and grandparents.



Read the press release here.