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Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey Hardcover – January 25, 2011
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--Awarded the Society of Illustrators' Gold Medal in Sequential Art
--Awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts' Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature
--Selected by School Library Journal and Library Journal as one of their "Best Books of 2011"
--Nominated for the 2012 Eisner Award's "Best Reality Based Work" category
"A terrific and amazing memoir." --Miami Herald
"Beyond storytelling, Tran is an artist truly gifted in his medium." --The Washington Post
"VIETNAMERICA is an utterly remarkable piece of American literature... this memoir resonate[s] as literature rarely does." --Racebending
"... Atmospheric and evocative, sometimes kaleidoscopic to the point of psychedelia in its construction and
formal invention." --Warren Ellis
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I'm certain that this is a beautiful story about a 1st generation American learning the intricacies of what makes a family history important, and the intimacies not usually spoken of in America, leading him to a better understanding of his immigrant parents and their tremendous struggles. However, this telling simply isn't in the style that attracts and holds my attention. If you are a true GN enthusiast, I'm certain that you will enjoy Tran's story. If not, and you are interested in learning the experiences of 1st generation Vietnamese-Americans and their families, I suggest Daughters of the River Huong by Uyen Nicole Duong.
If I had a complaint it would be that I got lost from time to time. The point of view transitions and time transitions were sometimes quite abrupt, necessitating looking back a page or two to figure out what was going on.
Nonetheless, I was left with a powerful sense of the ups and downs of this relatively typical family living in and struggling to survive some horrific events.
Loren W. Christensen, co-author of On COmbat
I was very intrigued by the premise of this book because the Vietnam War is one of those subjects that you never learn much about in school, but that had a huge and profound impact on the American psyche. I was very interested to learn more about it from the Vietnamese perspective and to do so in graphic novel format was an added bonus.
It was fascinating to trace the paths of one family, see how people's lives intersected and diverged and came together again. Some were in the army, some were rebels and some stayed as disengaged from the conflict as possible. It was interesting, too, to learn more about the French influence compared to the American influence, and how enterprising Vietnamese had to adapt to changes in regime for their survival. The drawings varied from small, austere sketches to two-page wide detailed images. I would have preferred them to be in color, though, as in black and white, they appear very, very dark and sometimes it can be difficult to discern exactly what they are trying to show the reader.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moving story. I bought 5 for all the younger people in my family. Can't wait for the DVDPublished 6 months ago by P. Le
A good book about the Vietnam war. Usually seeing the war from a writer's point of view is more effective than reading about it. Graphic novels usually have a charm.Published 7 months ago by Noran Amin
Seriously though, what can I say that hasn't already been mentioned before me?
I was assigned this memoir for a Refugee narrative course at UCLA. Read more
I wish it had the inside cover art and the cover art. This book is beautiful and I feel like I missed out on it.Published 10 months ago by Diu07921
It's a good graphic novel book for all ages. I wish every one in America if you have chance, read this book so you can understand more about the Vietnamese people who were in a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Minh-Tam Vu-Tran
Fantastic graphic memoir. Seriously. It is VERY fun to read. However, you really need to keep track of the characters. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nero
Amazing storytelling, a little difficult to follow but it does not surprise me as war does terrible things to family and community life.Published 13 months ago by Jerrbear
Having spent half of my childhood in Vietnam, I understand the author's parents' struggle of preserving the Vietnamese culture and tradition in the land of fast food, rap music,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Vi Mai