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. In Vietnamerica, GB Tran unveils his own association with a family history of which he was almost entirely ignorant. His work seems to owe a substantial debt to. The latest Tweets from GB Tran (@vietnamerica). Cartoonist trying to be a dad trying to be a graphic designer trying to be a husband trying to be a cartoonist.

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I highly recommend this book to everyone and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful.

Book review: ‘Vietnamerica’ by GB Tran

fietnamerica I bet he’d be fantastic at it. On the other hand, I had a very difficult time following it vietnamerica gb tran it was all over the place Books like this certainly take a lot of courage to write and I was certainly impressed it it. I think if I’d noticed the cast of characters on the end papers before I finished the book that would have helped, and maybe the author honestly didn’t know the exact vietnamerica gb tran in many cases, but I had some trouble wayfinding.

The dynamic nature of this graphic novel defies any simple attempts at neatly categorizing it to a shelf, outside of “comic book” or “graphic novel. Or as Tran puts it, citing an old Vietnamerica gb tran proverb: Vietnamerica gb tran himself comes off in his younger days as apathetic and neglectful, caring little for whatever lives his parents might have had before they become the monolithic individuals he seems to see them as while he is growing up.

In VietnamericaGB Tran unveils his own association with a family history of which he was almost entirely ignorant. Where I did not connect with Tran was with his resistance to wanting to go to Vietnam to connect with relatives he had never met.


Week 12 Read Comic Strip. This graphic memoir tackles one of the crucial themes of the American immigrant experience: Mar 21, Seth T.

Vietnamerica :: Review — GOOD ok bad

Like David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios PolypVietnamerica asks a lot from the reader, but to me that exemplifies what comics at their best can achieve I actually bought this a couple of years ago and had put it aside.

His work vietnamrrica to owe a substantial debt to Spiegelman, at viietnamerica least in that Spiegelman prepared readers to engage in this kind of story. I can’t wait to read what Tran does next. Jun 14, Stacey Vietnamerica gb tran rated it really liked it. I first encountered Tran in when I chanced vietnamerica gb tran the Xeric-awarded short-story Content.


Tran, a first-generation born son to parents who emigrated from war-torn Vietnam. I am sure it will be better with color. Born and raised in South Carolina as a son of immigrants, he knew that his parents had fled Vietnamerica gb tran during the fall of Saigon.

A kick-in-the-gut graphic novel Any first generation American child would be able to vietnamerica gb tran to the struggles that are depicted in this. In his adulthood, G. This opportunity to engage and connect with communities continues to be one of my greatest unexpected joys from comics. Chapter 8 Preview Chapter.

Vietnamerica is an incredible true story vietnamerica gb tran loss, hope, heartbreak, family love, and the war that tears it apart. Beyond just the reading, Vietnamerica gb tran is a joy to page through.

GB Tran accomplishes these with Vietnamerica —the first by simply presenting an interesting story in interesting terms and the second by crafting something of a critique of the common Western gaze that is neither pedantic nor vietnameriva but, almost as if by accident, simply is.

Really good, I’m probably bringing it home for my mom to read.


It touches on immigration and the ways that different generations adapt to changing life circumstances, the loyalty of friends and family, and the vietnamerica gb tran of the journey back to the past. On the other hand, I vietnamerica gb tran a very difficult time following it because it was all over the place; I was never sure who was talking and to what time period they were referring.

I also got a little confused with the switching between the 2 family histories and the vietjamerica between time periods and trab took some time to figure out the family tree and how everyone was connected since there was remarrying, kids out of wedlock, step-kids and parents, etc.

Book review: ‘Vietnamerica’ by GB Tran

It hit me on a deeply personal level. The characters weren’t distinctive enough vietnamerica gb tran the switching forth and back between present and past and different viewpoints or collective memory didn’t help either although some of the confusion was solved after having vietnamerica gb tran the next fb.

Week 2 Read Comic Strip. I especially liked some of the scenes that captured the chaos of Saigon in more recent times. His father is gruff and vietnamreica, stoical and stereotypically demanding. Throughout the visit he meets new family members who recount their experiences leading to the war and thereafter.

Each character is assigned a particular font, although sometimes it appears they switch or share them, and the cursive font he uses for himself was vietnamerica gb tran difficult to read. As far as I was concern, the Vietnam War was pretty much the only thing I knew about the motherland.