Boatright, Michael D. "Graphic Journeys. Graphic Novels’ Representations of Immigrant Experiences." In: Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 53.6 (2010), S. 468–476.
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Keywords: "American Born Chinese", "The Arrival", "The Four Immigrants Manga", Australia, Didactics, Interculturalism, Kiyama. Yoshitaka, Tan. Shaun, USA, Yang. Gene Luen
Collection: Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
This article explores how immigrant experiences are represented in the narratives of three graphic novels published in the last decade: Tan's (2007) “The Arrival,” Kiyama's (1931/1999) “The Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904–1924,” and Yang's (2006) “American Born Chinese.” Through a theoretical lens informed by work in critical literacy, the author examines how images and words in graphic novels privilege certain perspectives and merit critique in their representations of immigrant experiences. This article takes a look at how graphic novels representing immigrant experiences can assist English language arts teachers interested in studying immigration issues in their classrooms by offering inquiries into how three specific immigrant experiences are constructed through graphic novels. It also invites English language arts teachers to engage in dialogue with their students about immigrant experiences as inroads to understanding the vastly complex issues surrounding immigration.
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