• Bich Minh Nguyen to Speak on Growing Up in Grand Rapids

Bich Minh NguyenThe Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library will be hosting author Bich Minh Nguyen on Thursday, March 27 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Nguyen will be discussing her critically acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which recounts the author’s coming of age in Grand Rapids after her family fled Vietnam at the end of the war.   Growing up as an immigrant in our community, Nguyen hungered to be a “real” American.   Her desire to belong translated into a passion for American food. While her Buddhist grandmother, Noi, made traditional Vietnamese spring rolls and green sticky rice cakes, young Bich (pronounced “Bit”) craved Ding Dongs and Doritos.  

Nguyen’s publisher summarizes her book as follows:

Beginning with Nguyen’s family’s harrowing migration from Saigon in 1975, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner is nostalgic and candid, deeply satisfying and minutely observed, and stands as a unique vision of the immigrant experience and a lyrical ode to how identity is often shaped by the things we long for.

For more information on the book, click here.