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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This is actually a reason why I considered giving “Vietnamerica” only two stars unfairly maybe gietnamerica I must point out though that I’m rather scroogy with the 5 stars.

Best Books of — School Library Journal —. Be sure to refer to the illustrated family tree that Tran provides – it’s a vietnajerica when you’re feeling a bit lost. With Vietnamerica Tran continues to work to his strengths and the book has so many wonderful pages that any number are noteworthy representations of what a great creator can do with a page.

Every color, line, and layout brings the desperation and destruction of war, as well as the complexity of human connections and disconnections to life.

Given that the story is concerned with the war, it is inevitable that some character whom the reader feels attached to will be killed or affected by murder.

The overall structure of the Vietnamerica is collection of mini-memories contained in a larger one, G. Vietnamerica is a memoir told from the perspective of G. Vietnamerica features a host vietnameerica people who are simultaneously sympathetic and unsympathetic.

I’ll be honest – my background in Southeast Asian vietnamerlca was extremely limited and my background in U. Each of these geopolitical shifts had rippling effects on the lives of his grandparents and their children, whether they were rebels or schoolteachers. I just couldn’t get into Tran’s own head. The reunion with his family and ancestral country is a major shock in terms of culture and his familial roots. Tran works with different color palettes to convey sepia-toned memory, the bleakness of the family’s early years in America, old photographs and movie reels, and the saturated hues of propaganda posters.


There is much I don’t know about that war, and we had a different experience coming to the US, but as a fellow immigrant I very much related to this family’s perspective. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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However, I found it confusing on many levels. I though the illustrations were outstanding, but the layout and the story often made it difficult to follow what was happening. Some of the framing of the story is Tran’s trips back to Vietnam as the only member of his family born in amerika.

This book trzn the story of G.

Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey

Heartbreaking revelation, sure, but revelation like this, if it doesn’t sour us completely on the human animal, can build us into the beautiful people we might be. E My own parent also vietnqmerica to America from Vietnam even though we are ethnically Chinese so the stores told about GB Tran’s family really resonated with me.

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Viehnamerica the indifference and lack of connection to family history of the author, I saw myself. Review After her son and husband died, Elaine Pagels wondered vietnakerica religion survives. This graphic memoir is simply fantastic. One slight complaint I had was that he tells the story in a very nonlinear way, and it was a bit hard for me to keep track of which branch of the family he was talking about, what year we were in, etc.

This opportunity to engage and connect with communities continues to be one of my greatest unexpected joys from comics.

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. To see more reviews visit my blog at http: Beyond storytelling, Tran is an artist truly gifted in his medium. Jan 25, Pages. 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.

If you have ever felt a connection to the immigrant experience, if you are born of a generation that benefited from the bruises and blood of the one that came before, then this memoir will resonate as literature rarely does. GB’s family saga holds personal significance to me, because it brings into stark relief the generational and cultural divide that separates my own family.


Dec 16, Pauline rated it liked it Shelves: I am a first generation Vietnamese born American. And does so greatly to the book’s benefit.

Volume 1 chronicles our first pregnancy with new comics posted every Wednesday at FatherhoodSurvivalGuide. This isn’t just his family’s story, but the story of every family around the world touched by war and political corruption.

His finished composition strikes one as a rather unique piece namely because of its medium–the graphic novel a medium usually dominated by white men.

Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey by G.B. Tran

Tri Huu Tran, like his son, was also on the verge of becoming a successful artist in his own right, when he was thwarted by the demands of living in wartime, and chose another profession to make ends meet. View all 7 comments. It’s too damn upsetting. 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 it if I did put it down.

I taught about students in breakout sessions that were, students told me, the funnest part of the class. View all 12 comments. His work seems to owe a substantial debt to Spiegelman, at the least in that Spiegelman prepared readers to engage in this kind of story. In VietnamericaGB Tran unveils his own association with a family history of which he was almost entirely ignorant. 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 patronizing but, almost as if by accident, simply is.