Tea With Milk

Tea With Milk

Book - 1999
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At home in San Francisco, May speaks Japanese and the family eats rice and miso soup and drinks green tea. When she visits her friends' homes, she eats fried chicken and spaghetti. May plans someday to go to college and live in an apartment of her own. But when her family moves back to Japan, she soon feels lost and homesick for America. In Japan everyone calls her by her Japanese name, Masako. She has to wear kimonos and sit on the floor. Poor May is sure that she will never feel at home in this country. Eventually May is expected to marry and a matchmaker is hired. Outraged at the thought, May sets out to find her own way in the big city of Osaka. With elegant watercolors reminiscent of Grandfather's Journey, Allen Say has created a moving tribute to his parents and their path to discovering where home really is. The accompanying story of his mother and her journey as a young woman is heartfelt. Vividly portraying the graceful formality of Japan, Tea with Milk effectively captures th
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
ISBN: 9780395904954
Characteristics: 32 p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm.


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Dec 22, 2017

I love this book and and the story of May/Masako. What a beautiful, strong and courageous woman she was, to follow her own path and heart's desires, but she does not cut off her family, or her options. She simply follows her own path, and finds her place in the world. I love how skillful the storytelling is, how incredibly complex feelings and decisions are presented clearly, how easy it is to relate to this incredible young woman! I think anyone who is different, and seeks their own path, regardless of age, will appreciate this book. It's not just for people in dual cultures, or living outside of their birth country. It's for anyone who seeks a a happy life for themselves. The art is gorgeous.

May 21, 2017

The illustrations are so beautiful. My children (5 of them) are growing in a country other than their passport country so they loved it too. I downloaded it to read to my 5 yr. old but my 10 and 11 year old kids loved it too! A. Say's books are great for TCKs!

Jan 10, 2016

Great for third culture people (people who have grown up with more than one "native culture").

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