Good to hear another Chinese voice in the American wild, though there are some differences between the author's and my experiences.
But there are similarities, too. The author was teased and bullied in school, like I was, and the school/teachers were no help, same with my case. So that definitely struck a chord in me.
I enjoyed all the talk about food and cooking, and although I can't cook, I definitely know how to eat.
I don't go crazy for rap and hip-hop, but I do like some of it, and grew up during the same era. I was aware of the feud between Tupac and Biggie, and was pretty shocked when Tupac died.
Our luck with parents were the same, and both my parents believe in corporal punishment, though I never went as far as he did (obviously; was not convicted of anything), and my parents never struck it rich (my parents were solidly middle-class).
Anyway, I understood his identity crisis because I felt and experienced the same thing. But he must have worked a lot harder than I did during college, despite being wild and crazy, 'cause he got into law school and I don't dare show my transcript to anyone.
All in all, good, solid book, and I do recommend it, especially to anyone who wants to understand the Chinese-American experience a little better....Continua