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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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.

Beyond storytelling, Tran is an artist truly gifted in his medium. May 01, Pages Buy. But I admire the beauty and recognize this as an impressive, stunning piece in history, comics creation, and personal story building.

A must-read for those who enjoy graphic novel memoirs like Persepolis, Maus, or Alan’s War. Really enjoyed this book! Tran writes about his family members’ lives during the turbulent history of Vietnam, how they coped with it and their transition to a life in the USA. I remember late nights furiously reading ahead of the students, brushing up on my own country’s history, which I probably should have already known.

Point systems are notoriously fiddly, so here it’s been pared down to three simple possibilities: This opportunity to engage and connect with communities continues to be one of my greatest unexpected joys from comics. Turn on desktop tfan Tran himself comes off rtan 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.

Vietnamerica is an utterly remarkable piece of American literature. This is an ambitious project. The war uprooted family, as his uncle fought for the South against his grandfather who sided with the North. We learn the varied stories of different vietnameruca members, many of them affected tragically as they choose their own paths against the background of war and upheaval. Yes, about the Vietnam War. When his last surviving grandparents die within vietnameria of each other, GB visits Vietnam for the first time and begins to learn the tragic history of his family, and of the homeland they left behind.


If it wasn’t in a graphic novel format, it would definitely have been placed in the adult section, but many libraries lump all graphic novels together.

Preview — Vietnamerica by G. From a purely critical viewpoint, the book is a little emotionally distant, mainly because Tran himself is trying to put his parents’ and his family’s story at the forefront, rather than his own. This graphic memoir is simply fantastic.

Sep 15, Elizabeth A tram it it was amazing Shelves: Chapter 12 Preview Chapter. Tran’s family jo I am almost too emotional right now to write this review.

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Apr 29, Khalid Albaih rated it liked it. I actually bought this a couple of years ago and had put it aside. I am incredibly shocked how uneducated I tfan when it comes to Vietnam because both of my parents lived through it. The characters weren’t distinctive enough and 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 read the next part.

Hey, it worked out okay. I’m curious to see how color will add to the richness of the presentation virtnamerica the final version. As far as I was concern, the Vietnam War was pretty much the only thing I knew about the motherland. Books like this certainly take a lot of courage to write and I was certainly impressed it it. I also got a little confused with the switching between the 2 family histories and the transitions between time periods and it took some time to figure out the family tree and how everyone was connected vietnameriac there was remarrying, kids out of wedlock, step-kids and parents, etc.


Cohesive Fragments: GB Tran’s Graphic Memoir Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey

Easily one of the more interesting aspects of Art Spiegelman’s Maus at least narratively speaking is the interaction between the author’s character and a past he knows little of. The story was interesting and I think readers will enjoy and learn from this book.

I first encountered Tran in when I chanced upon the Xeric-awarded short-story Content. But my decades of vietnameriva inadvertently provided them a glimmer of hope – that someday I’d want to learn. Chapter 9 Preview Chapter. Jun 14, Stacey Nguyen rated it really liked it. This is I picked “Vietnamerica” because the cover appealed to me while rummaging through the hb travel section of my public library. If you have ever felt a connection to the immigrant experience, if you vietnamericca 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.

Be sure to refer to the illustrated family tree that Tran provides – it’s a lifesaver when you’re feeling a bit lost. I cried reading the final pages of this book, knowing that creating this book was a process of healing for GB Tran, and reading it has helped me on my own way to healing.

In Tran’s memoir, theme, narrative, and art work together to create a deeply compelling graphic novel Jul 22, Kien Lam rated it it was amazing. 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.