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Frangos, Mike Classon. "Family Journeys: Refugee histories in vietnamese american graphic memoirs." Refugee Genres. Essays on the Culture of Flight and Refuge. Eds. Mike Classon Frangos and Sheila Ghose. New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. 45–66. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-09257-2_3
BibTeX citation key: Frangos2022
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Categories: General
Keywords: "The Best We Could Do", "Vietnamerica", Bui. Thi, Migration, Tran. GB, USA, Vietnam
Creators: Frangos, Ghose
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
Collection: Refugee Genres. Essays on the Culture of Flight and Refuge
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Abstract
This chapter examines how the graphic memoir has been used for refugee memory and the telling of refugee histories with a focus on two works by Vietnamese American comics artists: G.B. Tran’s Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey (2010) and Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do (2017). The form of the graphic memoir is put to use in the representation of individual and collective memories of the Vietnam War and Vietnamese American refugee migration to the United States. Materializing the persona of the artist-storyteller on the page through sequential narration and the juxtaposition of words and images, these texts employ the resources of the graphic memoir as a genre of life writing to document refugee histories in opposition to dominant representations.
  
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