Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fresh off the Boat is a memoir with a story that is familiar to me. As an immigrant growing up in the United States, I personally relate to Eddie Huang’s life in many ways. He talks about the struggles of growing up in a traditional Taiwanese immigrant family, he talks about abuse, he talks about violence, and through all of this tragedy, he makes you laugh. I especially love his outlook on the life: he sees the world through the lens of food. Throughout the memoir, he relates specific dishes to specific memories and the detail with which he describes the food, makes my mouth water. This memoir felt so personal to me that I used it as inspiration for my own. By sharing his family’s personal journey, Eddie Huang gives a voice to all immigrant families living in the United States.
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