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Reading/Discussion Group: “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor”: Immigration in a Time of Controversy
April 5, 2018. Thursday, 7 P.M. – Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen. Led by Greg Lewis, WSU.
As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, and in the pre-PC-era Midwest (where the Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme), the desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. More exotic- seeming than her Buddhist grandmother’s traditional specialties, the campy, preservative-filled “delicacies” of mainstream America capture her imagination.