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Stealing Buddha's Dinner

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    A great Vietnamese immigrant story

    This is a memoir of growing up as an immigrant in a small town in Michigan where the population was predominant white. Nguyen's family left Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and she chronicled the difficulties of her family adjusting to life in the U.S. Her father married a Mexican-American woman named Rosa and her family dynamics was unique compared to a typical American family at that time. The main theme of her book centered on her confusion due to her dual identities as both a Vietnamese and an American. Throughout her book, Nguyen described her cravings for American food which were what "normal" Americans for eating. She grew up fantasizing about snacks like Ho-Hos, Ding Dongs, chips, Chef Boyardee and others. Where she was stuck eating "pho" a type of Vietnamese noodles.

    This was a rather interesting read about growing up as an immigrant in the Midwest in the 80s. Her writing was clear, engaging and very descriptive. She was candid in describing her family and issues they were facing as well as her own challenges in trying to fit into the mainstream society. A heartwarming memoir!

    Another great memoir I highly recommend is by Lac Su called "I Love Yous are for White People". It's also a Vietnamese immigrant story. Not as cute as Nguyen's memoir but a fascinating read nonetheless. It's raw and uncensored.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    Hungry for Love (and Identity)

    I just finished this delightful memoir. I admit I don't often read the memoirs out today because their subject matter always seems to be about abuse. But this one is different. We are taken on a journey from Vietnam to Grand Rapids Michigan, through the eyes of a young girl trying to seek her identity through the crass commercialism of the United States. Food plays a major role in this narrative, rather than abuse, although there is plenty of dysfunction in this mixed family situation. Nguyen is definitely a writer to watch, and I look forward to reading her novel when it comes out.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Entertaining Book

    I grew up with the same thoughts about eating fruits on the alter as this author did. A very well-written book 'in the English light.' However, I find a great disappointment in the spelling errors of Vietnamese words she decided to incorporate into this book. The editors of this book should look into the spelling errors in this book, at this day and age I feel that consumers should not have to pay for books with spelling errors, and it is very unPC to have mispellings of words. Other than this mishap, this was an interesting read that I've referred to others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

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    A coworker recommended this book to me. I enjoyed it. It's lig

    A coworker recommended this book to me. I enjoyed it. It's light and fun.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Stealing Buddha's Dinner

    Stealing Buddha's Dinner was an interesting book. Being from the state of Michigan, it was fun to read about places that I know and experiences that I have had in this state. I have gone blueberry picking in PawPaw. I grew up during this time period and remember vividly the airlift out of Vietnam. This series of events in the book was totally fascinating and heart-breaking at the same time. The food in this book made my mouth water and brought back many of my own childhood memories. I loved those candy necklaces. The references to the Vietnamese food made me want to learn to cook these traditional foods. I also enjoyed the music that was mentioned in the book. Some were just so funny, because I would start singing the words. This book was just enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2009

    Eh.

    This book was really exciting at first! I was really excited to read it because the family ends up in the city i live by! Then I got to the middle... It was so slow that I couldn't wait to put it down. I HAD to read it for an english assignment so i HAD to finish it. Im not sure if I would have finished it if I wasn't required to.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

    Stealing Buddah's Dinner

    Good read. Love learning culture and a person's stuggle with culture and identity. Much hope remains! We learn from past experiences.

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

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    I like to be in America

    A representation of the process that immigrants go through when the reach a destination that was going to answer all their needs. Definitely worth reading, if only to see what others face when going through a cultural shock of this kind.

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