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I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir One part Mari Andrew, one part Marjane Satrapi, I Was Their American Dream A Graphic Memoir is a triumphant tale of self discovery, a celebration of a family s rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom Malaka Gharib s illustrations come alive with teenage antics and earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raisedMalaka s upbringing will look familiar to anyone who grew up in the pre internet era, but her particular story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dreamThe daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigates her childhood chasing her parents ideals, learning to code switch between her family s Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all American kid I Was Their American Dream is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children



10 thoughts on “I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir

  1. says:

    NPR correspondent Malaka Gharib s graphic memoir about being mixed race I work with a lot of students who similarly have mixed backgrounds, so this did not seem all that remarkable to me, but it was fine She s the child of immigrants, a Catholic Filipino mother and a Muslim Egyptian father, grew up summering with Dad in Egypt, speaks both Tagalog and Arabic Will appeal to f


  2. says:

    Gharib creates a cute and amusing graphic memoir about being the child of immigrants, a Catholic Filipino mother and a Muslim Egyptian father, as she tracks her transition from desiring assimilation into white American culture, to feelings of rejection, to finding her own identity by acknowledging, integrating and melding all the diverse cultures that went into the creation of t


  3. says:

    Excellent graphic memoir about the author s experiences as the American born daughter of immigrant parents from the Philippines and Egypt Highly recommend


  4. says:

    Update Here s the full review an important memoir It really looks at what it means to grow up in a multi ethnic home I loved that the author not only explored her own culture and up brining, but also how living in America influenced thoughts that she had about herself and being a person of color I ll definitely be doing a full review on this so stay on the look out Update Here s the full


  5. says:

    Malaka Gharib approaches uncomfortable issues in this short biographical piece First she shows how her parents look to America for the things that they want from it including their perception of the American Dream for their daughter They don t understand or value the social and cultural freedom Malaka their daughter needs to achieve their dream For Malaka freedom requires leaving behind many e


  6. says:

    I love reading immigrant stories and children of immigrant stories The art in here was fun and the palette is mostly red, white, and blue Learning about the author, who is of Filipino Egyptian descent, is engaging Mostly my favorite thing about this story is the author s love and interactions with her family it s sweet and touching There is some discussion about micro aggressions and the question W


  7. says:

    Malaka Gharib is Half Filipino, Half Egyptian, and born in the USA This graphic memoir is about her life and her family on both sides This memoir is also about identity, growing up in the US of A being a part of the country and yet alienated I know a lot of authors have written about this in some form or the other, however, I also believe that every book written in this sub genre always sadly has someth


  8. says:

    THIS BOOK MY LITTLE MEXICAN ITALIAN AMERICAN HEART If you couldn t guess, I adore this graphic novel And no, not just because I worked on it which was awesome to do but because it has so much gosh darn heart and smarts Often when I work on books I get to see bits and pieces of either text, images, or whatever the project is at the time Working on this, while measuring or just spot checking, I couldn t stop m


  9. says:

    I read a sample of this book a few months ago on The Nib and knew I was going to enjoy it Malaka Gharib draws in a loose, expressive style with a limited color palette that perfectly fits with this short but satisfying memoir Gharib tells how each of her parents came to California as immigrants her mother from the Philippians, her father from Egypt When they married and had their daughter, they thought they were


  10. says:

    Awesome What a book about growing up in a cultural religious nationality diverse family and how your own and other people s views of diversity change and differ according to context and time Nothing raunchy in the book but the identity complexity probably better for middle grade and up A very special book Next to New Kid my favourite MS GN for this year


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