Rice Balls in Wonder Bread Land
Angela Balcita on growing up Japanese in the American heartland
BENTO BOX IN THE HEARTLAND:
My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America.
By Linda Furiya. Seal Press. 307 pp. $15.95
Fish shavings, dried wood ear mushrooms, and seaweed gelatin weren’t sold at the local grocery store in Versailles, Indiana, when Linda Furiya was growing up there during the 1970s. She often accompanied her Japanese parents on trips to ethnic markets in big...