All posts tagged: cultural diversity

Dreamers

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales is a children’s picture book about immigrants. In this book, a mother and son cross a bridge and move from their home to a new country. They face several challenges such as not knowing the language and social norms of the new place. They discover a library and their love for books assimilates them in the new culture, and make them feel like they belong to that alien country. This story is inspired by the author’s personal life. Yuyi Morales and her son Kelly traveled from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, legally and unexpectedly had to settle down in the States. As a result, they missed their family, food, friends, job, and the ability to communicate – to understand and be understood. They discovered a local library, learned, read and spoke English and made the United States of America their new home. In the author’s own words, ‘Dreamers: we enter a new country carried by hopes and dreams, and carrying our own special gifts, to build a better future’. …

Murder Lo Mein

Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien is a murder mystery. Lana is the owner of Ho Lee’s restaurant. The restaurant participates in the noodle contest to vie for the top restaurant spot in the Asian Village. One of the most notorious judges of the contest, Norman Pan is murdered. Lara investigates his murder and the string of murders that plague the noodle contest. Were the murders related to the contest or did they have a personal connection? This is my first book by Vivian Chen. I felt that the character description needed a bit of work. I did not care about the murder of Norman Pan. Unlike Agatha Christie novels, where the victim has a rich financial and emotional background, none of it was provided for Norman Pan. He was just a harsh critic whom no one liked. I also did not care about who won the noodle contest because I knew Lana’s restaurant would win. Lana was also a rookie in solving the murder case. I rate this book a 3 out of 5 …