09: TEA WITH MILK (RISE AND SHINE) BY ALLEN SAY
A girl moves with her family from the US to Japan, where her parents are from. Her parents are tired of being foreigners, but now she is a foreigner and she struggles to adapt. Eventually, the girl discovers she can find her place in the world by working for a big company. This is the story of how we find ourselves through work because work is the first time we have an identity separate from our parents.
I saved the best for last. Allen Say is one of the most undervalued literary voices of our time. All his books are autobiographical, and together they create a gorgeous, poetic memoir of how immigrants find their way in a new world through work. And work is the first part of a new culture that immigrant parents pass down to children.