"This is a buffet dinner. You help yourselves to some food and eat in the living room."
"Pate en croute, lets see... pate is paste...croute is crust...hmm... a paste in crust."
The Lin family moved from China to America. They were invited to have dinner at the Gleason's house. Mrs. Gleason brought raw celery to the Lin family. The Lin family was surprised because they only eat cooked vegetables. They tried the celery and they liked it!
The Lin family brought chairs to the table. Then, Mrs. Gleason told the Lin family that this was a buffet. Everyone takes food from the table and sits around the room. The Lin family was embarassed.
"I don't know about you, but I feel like dessert."
"Do you always slurp when you eat a milkshake?"
The Lin family went to the Lakeview Restaurant to celebrate Mr. Lin's promotion. The restaurant was very fancy. The narrator was embarrassed because her parents didn't understand the menu, and her family slurped their soup loudly.
"Sure all Americans slurp."
The Lins decided to have a dinner party. They invited the Gleasons. The Gleasons didn't separate their food like the Lins did, and they had a difficult time using chopsticks. The narrator remembered how her family felt embarrassed at the Gleasons.
The narrator and her friend, Meg, are good friends now. They are teaching each other about Chinese and American customs and culture. After the dinner party, the narrator and her friend, Meg, decided to get dessert. They walked to Dairy Queen for a milkshake.
When they were at Dairy Queen, Meg slurped her milkshake. The narrator remembered feeling embarrassed when her family slurped in the nice restaurant. Meg tells her that all Americans slurp, so the narrator feels like they are not so different.