About this program

This fall semester, the Center for the Humanities, the Feminist Press, and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY Graduate Center with support from the GC Library will launch the first three-way collaboration of a campus-wide Great Read program #CUNYGCGreatRead. The program will center around Tastes Like War, a 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction finalist and memoir by Graduate Center alum and CUNY professor Grace M. Cho.

Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. Quoting Vox, “Cho’s book is as much about her personal history as it is about the history of American hegemony in Asia — and the many scars it has left on the millions of people who have experienced it. By chronicling her own relationship with her mother, who struggled with schizophrenia, and many of the foods they shared, Cho offers an incisive portrait of how haunting these conflicts continue to be.” The book was also the winner of the 2022 Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature, and a TIME and NPR Best Book of the Year.

Grace M. Cho is associate professor of sociology and anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Her previous book, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War, received a 2010 book award from the American Sociological Association.

The Great Read program will highlight a Center for the Study of Women and Society event Tastes Like War: Grace M. Cho in conversation with Hosu Kim hosted at the CUNY Graduate Center on September 28, 2022, (click here to register), followed by a Virtual Town Hall Discussion of Tastes Like War on Wednesday, November 9th for students, led by three facilitators Rose Kim, Jean Halley, and Prince Cunningham engaging in questions of autobiography as scholarship. As part of the program, all GC students, faculty and staff will receive access to the book through the campus’s digital library system (see below for access and instructions), and print copies will be available for discounted purchase at the Center or Feminist Press offices in the GC or use the code GREATREAD20 for 20% off the book on the FP website here, until the end of this calendar year.

While championing the scholarship of CUNY faculty, students, and alumni, and helping students envision their broader scholarly community and career path as an academic at CUNY, this Great Read program also answers growing student need for connection and collaboration beyond their departmental cohort. The program creates opportunities for students to network and socialize across departments, seeding transdisciplinary research and analysis that will alter the stakes and outcomes of the PhD process for students who wish to develop research topics that demand interdisciplinary analysis and action in a changing world.

We invite all CUNY GC students, faculty and staff to read the book with us and join the conversation this Fall.


Watch the video tutorials courtesy of the GC library below for full instructions on how to log in, navigate the ebook platform, and download the ebook directly to read.

To access the Ebook, you will need your GC Network ID and Password. This is the same as what you use to log into a GC Computer on site, access your unlimited, free printing in the Library, and access electronic resources from home through the Library website. Note: For assistance with your GC Network ID, please contact IT Services - [email protected]

You can read the entire book online from within the Ebook platform, by simply logging in once with your GC Network ID and Password. Please note: If you prefer to download an EPUB version, the below video will show you how - however, to do so will require you to create another login.

The CUNY GC Great Read program is organized and presented by the Center for the Humanities, the Feminist Press, and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY Graduate Center with support from the GC Library.

*If you have any problems accessing or using the free Ebook, contact us at [email protected] - and here are more contact options including live chat: https://libguides.gc.cuny.edu/ask-a-librarian

For any other questions about the CUNY Great Read program, contact [email protected].