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Some 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 ust spot checking I couldn t stop myself from reading A page here and there started to turn into a chapter until I had to force myself to stop reading it until it was totally complete Not to mention I got to meet was totally complete Not to mention I got to meet when she came to visit the office one day and she was so insanely sweet So without further ado my usual reviewLIKED SO MUCH It s so important to hear people s stories from all sorts of backgrounds and this graphic packs a powerful message Our author is EgyptianFilipinoAmerican and talks in great detail about balancing those three backgrounds I totally was able to relate to it especially having so much of my family in Mexico Malaka s drawings are so well done Everyone is so expressive and I love all of the little details in the background The color is really well done also Who knew you could have so much expression while only using red blue and black The writing and scene choices were fantastic as well and kept me hooked By the end of the graphic novel it had me feeling like I knew Malaka s entire family and totally had me cheering for all of them DISLIKED I wish there was Sometimes the changes between chapters was a little abrupt and had me making a mental pivot to a new topicOVERALL I loved this graphic novel and think anyone who picks it up will love it too It especially resonates with anyone who has ever felt like they don t uite fit in in one place or is maybe stretched a little too thin But wonderful illustrations great storytelling and an awesome book Please do yourself a favor and pick this up when it comes out in late April I believe It doesn t take long to read at all I read it in one day You absolutely won t regret it Excellent graphic memoir about the author s experiences as the American born daughter of immigrant parents from the Philippines and Egypt Highly recommend NPR correspondent Malaka Gharib s graphic memoir about being mixed race I work with a lot of students who similarly have mixed ba. 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 ournal 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 childr.


A beautiful honest and sweet tribute to her egyptian filipino american family Everyone Should Read I should read I 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 uestion Where are you FROM from and while her analysis of these interactions is good the draw here is the family stories 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 reuires leaving behind many elements of the past her parents they hold dear At school Malaka meets other first generation Americans with identities based on their parents or their home country identity Along with her peer group she develops a preference for white White is shown in images that the seeming wealth freedom from worries or ust assimilation of the people assumed to be Americans At college where everyone is white she finds that where are you from doesn t get the same response that it did in high school Once graduated and settled on the opposite coast of her family she realizes the norm she has violated she should return to be with the family To live the American dream she has to be away from them They do not understand this and it is difficult for herThis is not your typical immigrant family Her parents are Philippine Egyptian Catholic Muslim and they divorce however this is a universal storyMalaka Gharib uses the graphic genre well to tell her story Update Here Gharib uses the graphic genre well to tell her story Update Here 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. 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 uestions about identity and culture while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the gen. ,
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being a person of color I ll definitely be doing a full review on this so stay on look out 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 the woman she is today Fun with a side of inspiringOne uirk Due to a limited color palette apparently half of all people in the world are redheads Another third have shades of blue and a few have dark brown It was slightly distracting than I would have thought 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 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 on the road to the American Dream But the marriage didn t last and Malaka ended with half siblings on both sides of a family scattered across the globe She talks about her elementary and high school days as one of many kids from mixed cultures in the Southern California town of Cerritos Her classmates there were Indian American Taiwanese American Iranian American Japanese American Pakistani American Mexican American Korean American Palestinian American and THIS BOOK MY LITTLE MEXICANITALIANAMERICAN HEART If you couldn t guess I adore this graphic novel And no not ust because I worked on it which was awe. Eration 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. ,
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