Stealing Buddha's Dinner

ISBN-10: 0670038326
ISBN-13: 9780670038329
Edition: 2007
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Description: A vivid, funny, and viscerally powerful memoir about childhood, assimilation, food, and growing up in the 1980s As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bich Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity. In  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

A vivid, funny, and viscerally powerful memoir about childhood, assimilation, food, and growing up in the 1980s As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bich Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity. In the pre-PC era Midwest, where the devoutly Christian blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme, Nguyens barely conscious desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. More exotic seeming than her Buddhist grandmothers traditional specialtiesspring rolls, delicate pancakes stuffed with meats, fried shrimp cakesthe campy, preservative-filled delicacies of mainstream America capture her imagination. And in this remarkable book, the glossy branded allure of such American foods as Pringles, Kit Kats, and Toll House cookies become an ingenious metaphor for her struggle to fit in, to become a real American. Beginning with Nguyens familys harrowing migration from Saigon in 1975, Stealing Buddhas Dinneris nostalgic and candid, deeply satisfying and minutely observed, and stands as a unique vision of the immigrant experience and a lyrical ode to how identity is often shaped by the things we long for.

Bich Minh Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner. She teaches at Purdue University and lives in Chicago and West Lafayette.

Pringles
Forbidden Fruit
Dairy Cone
Fast Food Asian
Toll House Cookies
School Lunch
American Meat
Green Sticky Rice Cakes
Down with Grapes
Bread and Honey
Salt Pork
Holiday Tamales
Stealing Buddha's Dinner
Ponderosa
Mooncakes
Cha Gio
Author's Note
Acknowledgments

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