The Adventures of Buddhist Boy
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Inside the Thai Buddhist temple of Chicago, another "simulated Thailand," are more rules, rules different from those of the Southside streets, and we see mainstream Western religion--"god people"--through the Sukrungruang family's eyes. Within the family circle, we meet a mother who started packing for her return to Thailand the moment she arrived; her best friend, Aunty Sue, Ira's second mother, who lives with and cooks for the family; and a wayward father whose dreams never quite pan out.
Talk Thai is a richly told account that takes us into an immigrant's world. Here is a story imbued with Thai spices and the sensibilities of an American upbringing, a story in which Ira practices English by reciting lines from TV sitcoms and struggles with the feeling of not belonging in either of his two worlds. For readers who delight in the writings of Amy Tan, Gish Jen, and other Asian-Americans, Talk Thai provides generous portions of a still-mysterious culture while telling the story of an American boyhood with humor, playfulness, and uncompromising honesty.
Praise For Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy…
“An engaging, artfully constructed take on the immigrant/assimilation experience. Talk Thai is a fresh and compelling journey into the author’s life.” —Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire and The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still
“Talk Thai is a story of a young boy growing up in a house heavy with questions asked in one language and answered in another. It is a mature reflection of what constitutes family, home, belonging and friendship—an exploration of the sights and sounds, the smells and sorrows of growing up and choosing from different cultures the values and the characteristics of manhood. Ira Sukrungruang's memoir is a rich contribution to the voices that create the language of America's immigrant population.”—Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
“In Talk Thai, Ira Sukrungruang gives readers a fresh, funny, and poignant perspective on childhood, identity, cultural confusion, and growing up Thai American. This is a gem of a memoir.”—Bich Minh Nguyen, author of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and Short Girls
University of Missouri, 9780826218896, 184pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2010