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The Immigrant Experience in GB Tran's Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey

The Immigrant Experience in GB Tran's Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey

When: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Huie Library 203



A sandwich and fruit buffet will be available for all attendees beginning at noon.


Space is limited.  Contact Randy Duncan (duncanr@hsu.edu) if you are interested in attending


GB Tran is a young Vietnamese American artist who grew up distant from (and largely indifferent to) his family’s history in Vietnam.  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.

Tran succeeds in stripping away the layers of silence to find hidden stories of the horrors of war, the trauma of assimilation in a new country, the generational and cultural divide, and the costs of family separation and reconciliation.

Time included Vietnamerica on its all-time "Top 10 Graphic Memoir" list, and it was selected as one of the best books of 2011 by Library Journal.  The graphic novel earned Tran a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in nonfiction literature and a gold medal for Sequential Art from the Society of Illustrators.


Funded by a Margin of Excellence Visiting Artist Grant

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