Their marriage rites were beautiful, in the tradition of Old China. Their honeymoon was exquisite... until the bridegroom mysteriously lost his sexual powers. 'Eat a Bowl of Tea' is a compelling story of life in the Chinese-American community of New York City. It's pages come alive with the maneuvers of the Tong leaders, the colorful visitors to the Money Come mah-jong club house, the gossip of closely-knit Chinatown.Mei Oi's girlish dreams were of the day she might marry and go to the Golden Mountain to live. It was the dream come true when Ben Loy arrived in her native village from the United States to take a bride. To Ben Loy, Mei Oi's beauty was perfect as a star. to Mei Oi, Ben Loy was a handsome 'gimshunhock' warrior from New York. Neither seemed to care that their marriage had been arranged in advanced of their meetings by their parents. It was a marriage of tension, turmoil and frustration.