|Michelle Zauner Quick Info
|5 ft 4 in
|Date of Birth
|March 29, 1989
Michelle Zauner is a South Korean-American songwriter, author, and musician who pilots the band “Japanese Breakfast”. On the other hand, Michelle also published a memoir, Crying in H Mart in 2021, that ranked on The New York Times hardcover non-fiction bestseller list for 60 weeks.
Michelle Chongmi Zauner
Seoul, South Korea
Michelle took up guitar lessons at The Lesson Factory. Also, she attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she pursued a degree in creative writing and graduated from there in 2011.
- Father – Joel Zauner (Car Salesman)
- Mother – Chongmi (Housewife)
Michelle is represented by Creative Artists Agency, Ten Atoms, and The Book Group.
Alternative/Indie, lo-fi, Indie Rock
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
52 kg or 114.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Spouse
Michelle has dated –
- Peter Bradley (2014-Present) – Michelle tied the knot with her bandmate Peter Bradley in 2014, just two weeks after her mother’s death. They had met one another at the 12 Steps Down in Philadelphia.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (White and Asian)
Michelle has Korean ancestry on her mother’s side and Jewish ancestry on her father’s side.
- She has several small tattoos on her arms.
- Thick raised eyebrows
Michelle Zauner Favorite Things
- Game – Secret Of Mana, Final Fantasy
Source – Magzter
Michelle Zauner Facts
- She was just 9 months old when her family relocated to Eugene, Oregon.
- As a child, Michelle would visit her mother’s family in Seoul most summers.
- Michelle was 15 years old when she asked her mother to buy her a guitar after which she began taking guitar lessons weekly during which she learned to play chords and write songs.
- Initially, her mother did not want her to pursue a music career. In spite of that, Michelle continued to follow her passion and played at the W.O.W. Hall frequently opening for musicians such as Mike Coykendall, M. Ward, and Maria Taylor.
- Her constant persistence to pursue her music career strained her relationship with her mother which eventually led to Michelle becoming depressed during twelfth grade.
- After graduating from college, she began working as a waitress and then as a coat checker at Union Transfer, Philadelphia.
- She began the emo band “Little Big League” with Ian Dykstra, Kevin O’Halloran, and Deven Craige in 2011. Later, in 2013, Michelle started recording music under the name “Japanese Breakfast”.
- Sometime in 2014, Michelle decided to quit the band “Little Big League” and returned to Eugene to aid in helping out her sick mother who had been diagnosed with stage IV Squamous cell carcinoma and later passed away on October 18, 2014.
- In 2015, Michelle started working at an advertising firm in New York City after not succeeding in making a successful career in music.
- Growing up, she would listen to Motown music, girl groups, and the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac.
- She learned to play the guitar with the song Carry the Zero by Built to Spill.
- Michelle and her father are not close. As of 2022, he had been residing in Thailand.
- She is an advocate for issues relating to Asian-American people.
Featured Image By Michelle Zauner / Instagram