A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are today: Vietnamerica GB Tran is a. 3 May GB Tran’s graphic memoir, Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey (), is a tale of war, dislocation and migration, which places the disrupted. Tran, GB. (). Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey. New York, NY: Villard. pp. Satrapi’s Persepolis (), GB Tran chose the graphic form to illustrate.
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I’ll be honest – my background in Southeast Asian history was extremely limited and my background in U. There’s a partial family tree which goes a long way toward clarifying things on page ivetnamerica and I found myself flipping back to refer to it throughout the book, and had it been at the start of the book, things would have been a lot clearer.
Chapter 5 Preview Chapter. Then I randomly picked this book up without knowing much information and right away I am drawn to this story thanks to the illustration. If you get lost there is an illustrated family tree at the beginning of the book you can use for trzn. Jun 18, Forrest rated it really liked it.
My own parent also immigrated to America from Vietnam even though we are ethnically Chinese so the stores told about GB Tran’s family really resonated trann me.
So they adopted my father and my aunt. However, when his last two surviving grandparents die within a few months of each other, Tran goes to Vietnam with his parents, and meets entire branches of his family for the first time. Preview — Vietnamerica by G. Vietnamerica gave me a very clear picture of what it was like to live through that horrifying time. It doesn’t matter what culture the reader is from. I was gripped with emotion as I read this, shedding tears as I started to better understand my parents and my own roots.
View all 12 comments. The composition of the panels, full colored pages, family photos, pages mimicking the style of blocky propaganda posters, side by side faces, and even the all black pages are all so beautifully laid out and impeccably timed. I also thought it traj pretty cool to find a graphic novel as ‘travel’ book. If it does, I empathize, and I’m vietnamegica touch sorry. Warren Ellis Writer of Transmetropolitan and Planetary. The man should be writing storyboards for movies, then turning them into animated films.
Throughout the visit he meets new family members who recount their trn leading viietnamerica the war and thereafter. I’m curious to see how color will add to the richness of the presentation in the final version. Share on Google Plus. About the Site Review copy submission may be facilitated via the Contact page. Vietnamerica is an incredible true story of loss, hope, heartbreak, family love, and the war that vietnakerica it apart.
Tran’s family journey jumps back and forth in time and place, spanning decades and continents. I am incredibly shocked how uneducated I am when it comes to Vietnam because vietnamericaa of my parents lived through it. It was only in his late twenties that GB began to learn their extraordinary story.
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Tran parents, they simply thought that they were going to flee for about vietnamericaa year to let the new government get settled and moved back into their old home but in the end they never went back and it took two decades before gietnamerica parents could visit Vietnam.
In fact, I sat and read it all in one afternoon–not because the plot pulled me in, but because the intensity was so strong I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about vietnanerica if I did put it down. Chapter 12 Preview Chapter. Somehow he is even able to show the sticky, exhaust-choked heat radiating all over the island. It’s really a wonder that any of us are alive to tell our tales at all.
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Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey
I didn’t want to imagine the terrifying ordeals my family had to go through during that time. While he touches upon the problems of cultural assimilation experie This graphic memoir tackles one of the crucial themes of the American immigrant experience: A Family’s Journey 3.
I saw the troops getting off of the helicopter – some of their faces were covered with bandages, others were being carried on stretchers, several used crutches. Lists with This Book. I can’t wait to read what Tran does next. I balance all the above with a graphic design job at this fun company and being a husband and dad of two. It’s too damn upsetting. A kick-in-the-gut graphic novel But as I’ve become older, I am filled with a lot of a regret to that end.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 18, Whitney rated it liked it. There is no doubt that GB is bg artist because he is able to provide the reader with important ideas without words. The artwork is merely good, but the cinematic structuring of the narrative is nearly perfect.
Then again, it could just be a reflection of the chaos he experienced. GB learns that his parents had taken harrowing flight from Saigon during the final hours of the war not because they thought America was better but because they were afraid of what would happen if they stayed. Tran, at tb board.
A must-read for those who enjoy graphic novel memoirs like Persepolis, Maus, or Alan’s War.