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Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen

Bich Minh Nguyen, the author of Stealing Buddha's Dinner, emigrated to the U.S. as an infant in 1975 from Saigon with her father, sister, grandmother, and a few uncles. They settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Bich grew up stuck between cultures. She wanted to assimilate into American society, longing for the junk food American kids ate. Her grandmother, though, kept a shrine to Buddha in the basement, and Bich lamented losing her ability to speak Vietnamese. When her father was remarried to a Mexican-American woman who kept strict control of the house, Bich was further restricted from the American foods she craved. She was an immigrant who didn't feel at home in either world, coupled with the usual difficulties of adolescence. Stealing Buddha's Dinner has received positive reviews with the USA Today saying, "Her prose effortlessly pulls readers into her worlds. Her typical and not-so-typical childhood experiences give her story a universal flavor."
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