Tea with Milk

By Allen Say

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1999

May is a Japanese American who becomes a Japanese immigrant with her family while she is in high school.  By then, she has really become more American than Japanese and has a difficult time adapting to the expectations of Japanese village life.  Finally, she decides to strike out on her own and moves to Osaka work.  She meets her future husband, and she finds that she is grateful for the lessons that her mother forced her to learn.  In the end, she realizes that home is wherever she decides to be, and is content living in Japan.

A great book to use when speaking about multiculturalism and immigration/ emigration.  Many students whose parents harken from another country have a difficult time straddling the fence of expectations from the country they live in and the cultures that their parents bring to their new adopted country.

Accessed: Augusta County Library


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