Sunday, September 6, 2009
Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen (45)
In the mid 1970's many Southeast Asian refugees relocated to Michigan, and this memoir tells the story of one family from Vietnam. The focus is on the author who was a little girl growing up in two cultures, her confusion at trying to negotiate the Vietnamese traditions at home while trying to gain acceptance with her surrounding community. There were missing pieces of background information for this child which added to her stress as she found her way making friends and going to school. I knew many people from Vietnam as I was an ESL teacher for many years so I can understand so well the issues that the author dealt with. This is a very worthwhile book as it explores the author's two cultures.