Stealing Buddha s Dinner

Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143113038
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family's Buddhist lifestyle. Reprint.

Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

Author: Wenying Xu
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810855779
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater covers the history of Asian American literature and theater through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on authors, books, and genres. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about this important topic.

Devouring Cultures

Author: Cammie M. Sublette
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 9781557286918
Release Date: 2015-12-15
Genre: Political Science

"Funded in part by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts"--Page 4 of cover.

Toll House Cookies

Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
ISBN: OCLC:839907117
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Immigrants

An excerpt from a coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American. Recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family's Buddhist lifestyle.

Pioneer Girl

Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698151376
Release Date: 2014-02-06
Genre: Fiction

From an award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American family’s ties to The Little House on the Prairie Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to find herself contending with issues she’s evaded since college. But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their mother’s Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers’ lives as well as her own. A dazzling literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic, Pioneer Girl is also the deeply moving tale of a second-generation Vietnamese daughter, the parents she struggles to honor, the missing brother she is expected to bring home—even as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential.

A Passage to Multiculturalism

Author: 黃靖雅
ISBN: OCLC:963805478
Release Date: 2016

Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir (2008), written by Bich Minh Nguyen (1974), a Vietnamese American writer, is devoted to the author's family. It is based on Nguyen's own life story which depicts her family's life in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after fleeing from Vietnam in 1975, focusing on her fascination with American foods and her growing interest toward Vietnamese foods. Nguyen, inspired by the fact of the memoir boom in recent decades, records her childhood experience with different kinds of food as a commemoration of her past. This thesis discusses Nguyen's growing up journey through her consumption of Vietnamese foods and American foods. It begins with Nguyen's Vietnamese gustatory journey through her grandmother Noi's cooking. Thereafter her multiple cultural experiences through having American and other Western foods are prepared by Rosa, her stepmother. Undergoing the event of stealing Budhha's dinner, Nguyen realizes that she is who she is and her attitude toward different cultures may be changeable while her Vietnamese root will never change. This thesis analyzes author's growing up experiences and the construction of her multicultural identity through foods by applying Homi Bhabha's notion of hybridity and Du Bois's concept of "double consciousness.".

Remembered Childhoods

Author: Jeffrey E. Long
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
ISBN: 1591581745
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Presents a guide to more than 2,800 autobiographies published between 1725 and 2007 arranged in categories that reflect shared themes and characteristics.

Short Girls

Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101082256
Release Date: 2009-07-23
Genre: Fiction

The authentic and compassionate first novel about two sisters from the author of the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner Called "A writer to watch, a tremendous talent" by the Chicago Tribune, Bich Minh Nguyen makes her fiction debut with the deeply moving and entertaining story of two Vietnamese sisters. Aside from their petite stature, Van and Linny Luong couldn't be more different. Diligent, unassuming Van works as an immigration lawyer in the Michigan suburbs where she resides with her handsome, Chinese-American lawyer husband. Beautiful, fashionable Linny lives in Chicago and has drifted into an affair with a married man. When Van's picture-perfect marriage collapses and Linny finds herself grappling to escape her dead-end life, the long-estranged sisters are unable to confide in one another- until their eccentric inventor father calls them back home to the Vietnamese American community they fled long ago.

New Outlook

Author: Alfred Emanuel Smith
ISBN: CORNELL:31924015275039
Release Date: 1871

Publishers Weekly

ISBN: STANFORD:36105002414428
Release Date: 1972-01
Genre: American literature