Bento Box in the Heartland
Bento Box in the Heartland My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America By Furiya, Linda Book - 2006

This is the memoir of a Japanese American girl whose family was the only Asian family in a small town in Indiana. In her childhood, her main connection with her ethnicity and her parents is food, and the book contains many Japanese recipes that I'm eager to try. Her background is also unusual for Japanese Americans--her mother is an issei and her father, although a natural born American, was educated in Japan and served in the Japanese military as a draftee. Japanese Americans have so few writers with which we can identify--I enjoyed this book a great deal, even though I did not experience any of the ethnic identity issues the writer did.

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