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Easily one of theinteresting 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 Spiegelman tries to understand his father's place in historical events from a place divorced locationally, culturally, and historically from the world in which his father formerly lived 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 Spiegelman, at the least in that Spiegelman prepared readers to engage in this kind of story Yet while Maus primarily focuses its lens on the experiences of those who lived through Hitler's Germany, only sprinkling in occasionally Spiegleman's own reaction to the unfolding story, Tran's Vietnamerica nearly wallows in the author's journey from ignorance to enlightenment.And does so greatly to the book's benefit.In the book's opening pages, Tran's father chides the author for trying to judge things in Vietnam from a vantage of ignorance: You can't look at our family in a vacuum and apply your myopic contemporary Western filter to them In a way that Tran likely intended, the entirety of Vietnamerica can be read as an exploration of how to become liberated from such myopia through actively seeking revelation 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 Certainly the Tran who wrote Vietnamerica is acareful human being than the Tran that exists on the page.Vietnamerica features a host of people who are simultaneously sympathetic and unsympathetic 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 His father is gruff and unrelenting, stoical and stereotypically demanding His mother is argumentative and embittered by an American dream that turns out to be just another hard life And yet his mother not only has reason to have been disenchanted and reason to be upset with her husband, but Tran shows that she is not just the caricature he concocted of her in his early twenties; after all it is through her own careful, passionate, and invested narration that much of Vietnamerica's story unfolds His father, in the end, is so muchthan the broad stereotype he seems to inhabit and Tran's investigation into the man's inner character (in part aided by his mother's narration) reveals, like the father suggests to the author earlier, that a onesided perspective is inadequate for discovering who people are and what moves them Even Tran himself does grow up—the publication of this beautiful book being primary evidence to his maturation.Beyond just the reading, Vietnamerica is a joy to page through The illustrations are wellcomposed and the colours pitch perfectly with Tran's narrative chase across a fairly complex historical journey I first encountered Tran in 2003 when I chanced upon the Xericawarded shortstory Content Not only was the story intriguing but his page compositions were inventive and welldesigned 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.Despite the fact that, and I have said this a number of times over the years, I'm no great fan of memoir, sometimes authors can pull off something both interesting and worthwhile 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 Vietnamerica is worth your time.And it's probably unfair to say, what with the author having just finished such a major work, but really: I can't wait to read what Tran does next.[Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad] By reading about the story of one Vietnamese family, it is easy to understand that their story is probably very similar to thousands of other families as well It was simultaneously enlightening and heartbreaking The story is a bit confusing at first, but eventually finds its grove and becomes totally engrossing The art work was fantastic and GB Tran was really able to illustrate the emotions that went into his own family's story Vietnamerica is an incredible true story of loss, hope, heartbreak, family love, and the war that tears it apart Highly recommended 5 stars. I am almost too emotional right now to write this review This is because I am also a secondgeneration 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. Book blurb: In telling his family’s story, GB finds his own place in this saga of hardship and heroism Vietnamerica is a visually stunning portrait of survival, escape, and reinvention—and of the gift of the American immigrants’ dream, passed on to their children This graphic memoir is simply fantastic In some ways it's a typical immigrant story, and in other ways it is a story specific to Tran's family This comic wonderfully explores themes of family, love, loss, war, immigration, and what is lost and what is gained when one raises kids in a different land with a different culture Most of us have read about or seen movies about the Vietnam War, but I find that global issues are best understood from a personal point of view 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 When we are younger we don't often care about family history or traditions This is especially true for immigrant kids who have enough problems simply trying to fit in the culture they find themselves in Generations stop understanding each other, and so much is lost in these transitions I appreciated the honesty in the telling of this rift Too often, people die before a bridge can be built across this divide I also really loved the illustration style and poured over the line work on certain pages This is one family's story told from both sides Vietnam and America and the title wonderfully captures this merging of lives and stories There were some parts in the Vietnam sections that I didn't fully understand, which I attributed to my lack of knowledge, and while this is not an easy read, it's an important one. This isn’t a linear narrative G.B Tran tells an intergenerational tale about how Vietnam’s wars shaped his family It starts in presentday Vietnam, then jumps between Tran’s experiences growing up in America and different members of his family recounting their lives in Vietnam.Tran juggles the points of view of his father, mother, siblings, uncle, and his grandparents The jumbled narrative can be a challenge and sometimes it's tough to follow the shifting narrators If you get lost there is an illustrated family tree at the beginning of the book you can use for reference.The book begins with Tran — the only member of his family to be born in America — visiting Vietnam with his parents They return to pay their respects to Tran’s maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather, who both died at almost the same time This family's journey recounts their difficult choices that divided the family If you are a fan of comics or graphic novels this should be on your list of wanttoread Even if you aren't a fan of the art, which in this case tells the story in a way that just words wouldn't, this is a book about the Vietnamese War worth reading. Found this book in my host apartment read it in one sitting It's simply told the live of the author and how it affected his entire family Yes, about the Vietnam War.Since I read the book while I am in HCMC, it gets me curious to knowabout Vietnam War but from both perspective Should I? I think G.B Tran does the best job of telling his family's journey using his craftmanship in comics There are so many pages that I don't think will bring the same effects in other forms Vietnamerica is like a birthday cake if you will Emotional, familyoriented and never finished. &Read Kindle ☠ Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey ⇱ A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artiststoryteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are today: Vietnamerica   GB Tran is a young Vietnamese American artist who grew up distant from and largely indifferent to his family’s history Born and raised in South Carolina as a son of immigrants, he knew that his parents had fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon But even as they struggled to adapt to life in America, they preferred to forget the past—and to focus on their children’s future It was only in his late twenties that GB began to learn their extraordinary story When his last surviving grandparents die within months 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 In this family saga played out in the shadow of history, GB uncovers the root of his father’s remoteness and why his mother had remained in an often fractious marriage; why his grandfather had abandoned his own family to fight for the Viet Cong; why his grandmother had had an affair with a French soldier 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 They entered America—a foreign land they couldn’t even imagine—where family connections dissolved and shared history was lost within a span of a single generationIn telling his family’s story, GB finds his own place in this saga of hardship and heroism Vietnamerica is a visually stunning portrait of survival, escape, and reinvention—and of the gift of the American immigrants’ dream, passed on to their children Vietnamerica is an unforgettable story of family revelation and reconnection—and a new graphicmemoir classic I am beyond grateful that I came into contact with this book I checked out many graphic novels that are supposedly critically acclaimed and yet I found them to be complete rubbish Then I randomly picked this book up without knowing much information and right away I am drawn to this story thanks to the illustration I do not know how many times I have found graphic novels to be phenomenal partly by having the best illustrations I honestly believe if you have the best graphics then you already won half the battle for the reader.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 This book is the story of G.B Tran who finally visits Vietnam with his parents and discover the whole story about how his parents met, how they left the country and the worst life experiences his parents and family had to suffer during the Vietnam War and after While reading this book, the living conditions these people experience reminds me about Cuba where my family comes from and while not to the horrible extent this book showcases nonetheless the suffering is universal.When I look back on how much my grandparents had to sacrifice to come to America, I will always be eternally grateful to them They did not know any english, had only one relative to claim them to enter America, and how to support two children before they were even 30 years old My grandparents didn't get the full extent of the horrors of a dictatorship but they got to see basic human rights throw out the window, all currency was forced to return to the government where they controlled how much you receive with new currency, and people suffering with less food to eat and not getting paid enough to support a family all in the name of a revolution.With the Vietnamese experience the same situations but lack of medical care, free speech, thrown into labor camps and suffer countless death because intellectuals were a danger to society and the craziness of being brainwash for a peaceful government under communist rule For G.B Tran parents, they simply thought that they were going to flee for about a year to let the new government get settled and moved back into their old home but in the end they never went back and it took two decades before his parents could visit Vietnam.I am not going to go into plot because it ruins the whole purpose of reading this book but just know that this book is not a happily ever after story While we get exclusive insight into the authors life and his family, we get to see the backdrop of the Vietnam War through the eyes of the Vietnamese I am incredibly shocked how uneducated I am when it comes to Vietnam because both of my parents lived through it While no one in my family fought in the war, they were young enough to remember and seeing the horrors Through the course of the story, we keep hearing GB's parents or family member keep telling him that he does not understand what they went through during this moment of time and contradict themselves when they mention that they wanted their children to never grow up and experience these hardships I can relate to GB because it wasn't until a few years ago that I got a grasp on how bad Cuba was and has become and the depths what an evil man did to an island I remember growing up hearing Cuba this and Cuba that and being oblivious of it all.I visited Cuba when I was little and I haven't returned since and not because I do not care for my family but I do not like to visit a place that feels like a 3rd world country, where food is scarce, and then knowing at the end of the day that I am returning somewhere that looks like paradise while they continue to suffer GB experienced these same feelings and the only reason why he finally visited is because his parents asked him and he learned that he needed to know his families history before it is too late I highly recommend this book to everyone and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful.Here are some of photos on this marvelous book and I hope you could check it out and read it.To seereviews visit my blog at I was very happy to find a comic book about Vietnam Though I am too young to have had anything to do with the Vietnam war, I am fascinated by the era and its creative outlets, especially music and protest.Vietnamerica is a memoir told from the perspective of G.B Tran, a firstgeneration born son to parents who emigrated from wartorn Vietnam In his adulthood, G.B.'s grandparents die, so he must accompany his parents to the funerals back in Vietnam The reunion with his family and ancestral country is a major shock in terms of culture and his familial roots Throughout the visit he meets new family members who recount their experiences leading to the war and thereafter.The overall structure of the Vietnamerica is collection of minimemories contained in a larger one, G.B.'s experience of reconnecting with his Vietnamese roots Often G.B will meet some new family member at their home, they'll have some sort of interaction till eventually the conversation steers towards his parents or grandparents during the war, and the story is given artistic focus This process continues in a way so that the individual stories, told by different people, form a complete picture of what G.B.'s family went through The only downside was that the supplementary stories would occasionally push G.B.'s story, the foundation for the entire book, aside, which jumbled the flow of his experiences Then again, it could just be a reflection of the chaos he experienced.Vietnamerica is rich and complex The illustrations of Vietnam effectively portray the tropical land of Vietnam Somehow he is even able to show the sticky, exhaustchoked heat radiating all over the island The characters have unique and interesting personalities that they clearly express in even moments of silence G.B.'s father is perfect example of Vietnamerica's strong character design, who's presence immediately affects the tone whenever he walks into a room 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.It's difficult to pin down this book and say it is a memoir, political metaphor, or historical piece 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 I, being a firstgeneration born Chicano, am especially pleased to finally see the experience of being born to immigrant parents given artistic expression by firstgeneration born writers/artists It doesn't matter what culture the reader is from Vietnamerica is a fulfilling read loaded with universal themes that anyone can identify with: family, generational gap, identity, etc I look forward to seeingwork from G.B and other writers who address the experience of growing up in an increasingly multicultural world.P.SI love Pho Soup That stuff is delicious.