Sunday, February 11, 2007

"Stealing Buddha's Dinner"

Stealing Buddha's Dinner (Viking Penguin, $24.95) is a new memoir from a Purdue University English professor, who shares her story about growing up a Vietnamese immigrant in the Midwest in the 1980s and how she tried to be "more American" by consuming snack food, pop culture and music.

Bich Minh Nguyen (pronounced "Bit Men Ng-win") left Vietnam with her family in 1975, when she was 8 months old. They eventually settled in Grand Rapids, Mich. Nguyen's memoir evolved from essays about her family's emigration and culture clashes in that conservative town.

Nguyen received the PEN/Jerard Award in 2005 for the memoir's manuscript-in-progress. She teaches creative writing and Asian American Literature in the Department of English, which is housed in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue.

For more, see the news release from Purdue.

The MSM has finally noticed Prof. Nguyen´s existence!

As long as the link is active, you can read a Q&A with her in the 25 March 2007 edition of The Indianapolis Star.

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