Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey

Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey

by GB Tran

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ISBN-13: 9780345544490
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,159,178
File size: 115 MB
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About the Author

Gia-Bao (aka GB) Tran was born in South Carolina in 1976, a year after his parents fled Vietnam. He aspires to continue living the good life as a Brooklyn cartoonist/illustrator thanks, in large part, to the endless patience of his wife. His parents constantly remind him that if this “art thingy” doesn’t work out, he can, as the only family member born in the United States, be president instead.

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Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
gypsysmom on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I'm still getting used to the Graphic Novel style and, for me, it will never replace regular novels. But GB Tran is a great artist (a trait he inherited from his father who was just getting recognition in Vietnam when they had to flee) and his visuals do add to the story. GB was born in the US, the only child in his family who was. He travelled to Vietnam with his parents as a 30 year old and there he discovered many things about his family that he had never known. For instance, his paternal grandfather was a hero of the Communist army even though his parents left Vietnam because they were friendly with the American forces. What he learned convinced GB to draw this book and it is fascinating. I have a friend who grew up in Vietnam after the Communist takeover. His parents lived through that time but he says they never talk about it. I wish that he could learn about that time as GB did.I found it confusing when GB switched from his mother's family to his father's sometimes in the middle of one page. I eventually figured out that the different backgrounds were a clue but it would have been nice if there had been an explanation at the beginning.
SandSing7 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The graphics were beautiful, the story itself was enriching, but the plot was difficult to follow and so the text read much more slowly than it should have.
jovilla on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This graphic novel is the story of a Vietnamese family, their life in Vietnam and their flight to America in 1975. The author is the youngest son, born in America, learning his family's history during a visit to the homeland. Time shifts back and forth between the present and 1975 so it was not always easy to keep track of the characters. This is a big and richly illustrated book; the author is a gifted artist.
SandyInspired More than 1 year ago
I am almost too emotional right now to write this review. This is because I am also a second-generation Vietnamese American who has been largely indifferent to my parents’ history until recently. 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. However, I believe that other readers without a similar background to the author will also be drawn to this visceral graphic memoir. Tran’s family journey jumps back and forth in time and place, spanning decades and continents. But the order in which he lays out the events feels familiar rather than confusing, as if you are there with him gathering the pieces to his family’s story. You are swept back to his grandparents’ and parents’ daily lives, and begin to understand the causes and events leading up to the Vietnam War. Tran is a genius at capturing emotions and facial expressions in his illustrations. Every color, line, and layout brings the desperation and destruction of war, as well as the complexity of human connections (and disconnections) to life. This isn’t just his family’s story, but the story of every family around the world touched by war and political corruption. 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. Vietnamerica will give you a new perspective on the Vietnam War, being American, and what family really means. I borrowed this book from the library, but intend to purchase a copy. It is a story I must share with my family and our next generation.