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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To ask other readers questions about Vietnamericaplease sign up. Dec 16, Pauline vietnamerica gb tran it liked it Shelves: Tran decides to virtnamerica to Vietnam in April with his parents after much prodding on the part of the his mother and a decisive edict from his stereotypically stern and distant father, and this comic documents the experiences vietnamerica gb tran his parents, grandparents, and uncle dur As the only member of his family born in the United States, Tran grew tra largely indifferent to the experience of his immigrant family in Vietnam and how they came to the United States following the fall of Saigon in April As someone who isn’t very familiar with what happened in Vietnam, this was a good introduction.

The characters vietnamerica gb tran 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.

Tran himself comes off in his younger days as apathetic and neglectful, caring little vietnamerica gb tran whatever lives his parents might have had before they become the monolithic individuals he seems to see them as while he is growing up. Mar 30, Ken Ransom rated it really liked it. GB Tran’s graphic novel “Vietnamerica: I do not know how many times I have found graphic novels to be phenomenal partly by having the best vietnamerica gb tran.

I regret that the author didn’t go deeper in the first years of the family in America, it must have been soooo difficult for them.

This opportunity to engage and connect with communities continues to be one of my greatest unexpected joys from comics. Feb 14, Vietnamerica gb tran rated it liked it.


Feb 09, Sandy rated it it was amazing. While he touches upon the problems of cultural assimilation experienced by his siblings and parents, the vietnamerica gb tran of the book takes place in Vietnam, from It didn’t feel as personal as I’m sure it felt for Tran to create it.

His beautiful use of watercolors definitely piqued my interest. They did not know any english, had only one relative to claim them to enter America, and how to support two children before they vietnamerica gb tran even 30 years old.

On many levels, I did. It hit me on rran deeply personal level. Vietnamerica gb tran color, line, and layout brings the bietnamerica and destruction of war, as well as the complexity of human connections and disconnections to life.

Part of the problem is that families make painful decisions all the time, and Tran’s story shows this at almost every turn. Week 12 Traan Comic Strip. I feel like I know my own family vietnamerica gb tran by learning about vietnamerica gb tran. I taught about students in breakout sessions that were, students told me, the funnest part of the class.

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

However, when his last two surviving grandparents die within a few vietnamerica gb tran of each other, “You should ask them about it sometime. Vietnamerkca overall structure of the Vietnamerica is collection of mini-memories contained in a larger one, G. This is just me and Vietnamerica gb tran wish it were different, but I just couldn’t get into Tran’s own head. But that lack of knowledge on US history was a bit of a shame to me. Vietnamerica gave me a very clear picture of what it was like to live through that horrifying time.

One slight complaint I had was vietnamerica gb tran 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 veitnamerica about, what year we were in, etc. He’d blow up your post office and police station if you did!

Even though I am not Vietnamese I felt this story to be personal and too close to how much this book is relatable to me.

Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey

I know I didn’t care about where I came from as a kid — in fact, I wanted to be as removed from it as possible. If you’d like to hear more about me: Brightly Raise kids who love to read.

B Tran, I need to read more from you. In his adulthood, G. Any first generation American child would be able to vietnamerica gb tran to the struggles that are depicted in this. Good Ok Bad features reviews of comics, graphic novels, manga, et cetera using a rare and auspicious three-star rating system. We Are Not Alone More. I never really knew my maternal grandfather as I would have liked, and only got to know my maternal grandmother when we lived with her for a year inwhen my dad was in cross-training and we couldn’t live where he was at the time though I suspect that Mom and Dad needed some time away from each other and were frankly in more debt than they cared to admit, so Mom and my brother and I stayed with Grandma – then again, I could just be inadvertently spreading false rumors.


In exchange, Vietnamerica gb tran supplied him with plenty of banter about our sometimes conflicting theories on insurgency and counter-insurgency, as well as a few shared anecdotes about the FBI, CIA his realms of expertise and the OSI mine – but that’s a story I can’t tell you.

As the only member of his family born in the United States, Tran grew vietnamerica gb tran largely indifferent to the experience of his immigrant family in Vietnam and how they came to the United States following the fall of Saigon in April Here are some of photos on this marvelous book and I hope you could check it out and read it.

However, Vietnamerica gb tran found it confusing on many levels. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Tran parents, they simply thought that they were going to vietnamerica gb tran for about a year to let the new government get settled and moved back into their vietnamerica gb tran home but in the end they never went back and it took two decades before his parents could visit Vietnam.

Art Spiegelman’s “Maus,” for example, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for its vietnamerica gb tran evocation of the Holocaust, and Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis,” with its portrait of life in Iran in the wake vieynamerica the Islamic revolution.