Challenges of Immigrants in "The Color of Water" and "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" Analytical Essay by scribbler

Challenges of Immigrants in "The Color of Water" and "Stealing Buddha's Dinner"
A review of James Mcbride's "The Color of Water" and Bich Minh Nguyen's "Stealing Buddha's Dinner".
# 153049 | 1,787 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Literature (American) , Ethnic Studies (General) , Hot Topics (Immigration)


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The paper analyzes James Mcbride's "The Color of Water" and Bich Minh Nguyen's "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" and focuses on the three major themes of the role of education, the significance of religious beliefs in the three families, and the degree to which gender influenced the characters' lives. The paper posits that both authors did a good job at explaining to readers what challenges face a person who belongs to a different cultural tradition and so both works represent an important contribution to contemporary literature.

From the Paper:

"In "Stealing Buddha's dinner", food is actually a metaphor for identity. The main character is a young Vietnamese girl who emigrated to the USA together with her family. The life style of her family, as well as the psychosomatic traits enhance the feeling of being different. The girl desperately wishes to fit in and be just like everybody else. In this context, difference and non difference are associated with food. The types of food which are cooked by the girl's grandmother are not considered exotic, despite the quality of the Vietnamese cuisine and of its ingredients. What is exotic in the little girl's eyes can be identified with the typical American goods, such as Pringles, Kit Kats or Tollhouse cookies.
"James Mcbride's "The color of water: a black man's tribute to his white mother" is not only a tribute to the author's mother, just like the author suggests it, but is an autobiography. The book is divided in chapters in which the author tells about the his early life and those in which his mother speaks in first person telling the reader about the period before her son was born."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bich Minh Nguyen, Stealing Buddha's dinner, in Google Books, Retrieved November 3, 2010 from http://books.google.it/books?id=9g7cM4P0EVkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22Stealing+Buddha's+Dinner%22&source=bl&ots=R7eCoxffbu&sig=sAVM2dgDgeftj3Sj3W3K_X9n3MI&hl=it&ei=LSv6TJC6C4nrObmQ9NQK&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false
  • Mcbride, J., The color of water, Riverhead Trade, 2006

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Challenges of Immigrants in "The Color of Water" and "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" (2013, May 02) Retrieved January 20, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/challenges-of-immigrants-in-the-color-of-water-and-stealing-buddha-dinner-153049/

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"Challenges of Immigrants in "The Color of Water" and "Stealing Buddha's Dinner"" 02 May 2013. Web. 20 January. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/challenges-of-immigrants-in-the-color-of-water-and-stealing-buddha-dinner-153049/>

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