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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.
I was assigned this memoir for a Refugee narrative course at UCLA. My professor purposefully concluded the course with this text, and I absolutely loved it! (Also because it was a fast read! lol, being a student that HELPS! )
This graphic novel is truly insightful, not only is the author G.B Tran an amazing story-teller, but he is a super talented illustrator as well! if you take the time to critique his work, the purposeful single page illustration that often contain no words to little words works as the climax of the story.
Like Joe Sacco, GB Tran himself incorporates his character within the comic. It is fascinating only because these are factual accounts of his life, if this was just any other novel, I wouldn't be as amazed.
Furthermore, I believe this novel re-sparked my interest in starting a memoir, I, myself being born in America, with parents that have "roots" in a Cambodia and China was truly inspired by this novel. I've always wanted to write one, but never knew where to start! This text is perfect for those interested in family values, diaspora, and journeys to self-hood.
I would definitely read this comic again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a story about one family's exodus from Vietnam to America at the end of the Vietnam War, although it is painted as being a common one for many families at the time. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Phillip Schultz
Moving story. I bought 5 for all the younger people in my family. Can't wait for the DVDPublished 12 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 14 months ago by Noran Amin
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 16 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 18 months ago by Minh-Tam Vu-Tran
Amazing storytelling, a little difficult to follow but it does not surprise me as war does terrible things to family and community life.Published 20 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 on June 3, 2014 by Vi Mai
This graphic novel ranks up with Persepolis in significance, and may even surpass it in technical mastery. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by amw049