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📒Stealing Buddha S Dinner ✍ Bich Minh Nguyen
📒Devouring Cultures ✍ Cammie M. Sublette
📝Devouring Cultures Book Synopsis : "Funded in part by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts"--Page 4 of cover.
📝Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater Book Synopsis : 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.
📒Pioneer Girl ✍ Bich Minh Nguyen
📝Pioneer Girl Book Synopsis : 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.
📒Remembered Childhoods ✍ Jeffrey E. Long
📝Remembered Childhoods Book Synopsis : Presents a guide to more than 2,800 autobiographies published between 1725 and 2007 arranged in categories that reflect shared themes and characteristics.
📝A Passage to Multiculturalism Book Synopsis : 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.".
📒Short Girls ✍ Bich Minh Nguyen
📝Short Girls Book Synopsis : Linny and Van Luong are two second generation Vietnamese immigrant sisters from the American Midwest. Linny, the youngest, is pretty and popular but trapped in a cycle of dead-end jobs and hopeless affairs. Van, plain and socially awkward, is an overachieving immigration lawyer with a seemingly picture-perfect marriage. The sisters have been locked in a relationship of mutual disdain for as long as they can remember. When their eccentric elderly father, inventor of the 'Luong Arm' (a gadget to help short people reach objects in high places), finally decides to take the oath for American citizenship in order to compete in an American Idol style reality show for inventors, the sisters must return to their childhood home to plan a party to celebrate the decision that took thirty years to make. As they navigate their secrets, silences and all that has seemed out of reach to them for so long, Van and Linny realize that they are not so different from each other after all...
📒Fire Girl ✍ Sayantani Dasgupta
📝Fire Girl Book Synopsis : In Fire Girl, her debut collection of essays, Sayantani Dasgupta examines her personal story against the history, religion, popular culture and mythology of South Asia and her current home in the American West. Praise for Fire Girl These are exquisite essays, filled with savory language spiced just right. Sayantani Dasgupta's generous intelligence and lively curiosity bring alive whole worlds-those of ancient stories and those of daily living, artfully considered. Cultures, languages, religions, landscapes, legacies-this is a writer who contains multitudes. -Peggy Shumaker, Author of Just Breathe Normally Sayantani Dasgupta writes with such keen intelligence and vivid clarity that we can't help be taken in. Lyrical, compassionate, and compelling, these beautiful essays transport us to another world. In Dasgupta's able hands, it is a world we come to recognize as our own. -Kim Barnes, Author of In the Kingdom of Men Sayantani Dasgupta brings together past and present as she considers childhood, violence, safety, family, monsters, goddesses, and the concept of home. These beautiful essays move between India and America, between selves and versions of selves, as Sayantani considers what is real and what is story or indeed, how the two are ever different. The range of landscapes and subjects is as breathtaking as the writing, showing us a powerful mind at work.-Bich Minh Nguyen, Author of Stealing Buddha's Dinner The oscillations in the essays are sometimes gentle vibrations, other times beating drums, encompassing the tension between the home and the world, the past and the present, the brain and the heart. The stories constantly go away and come back and we undulate with them, rippling between delight, sorrow, rage, wonder. -Aurvi Sharma, Winner of the 2015 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction: