'This drought of silence / that does not feed me. I mean, I refuse / to hold his vanity. And demand to know / myself better. Cull his soul but only / for memory, carve a history / for myself in which my reflection / alone can be seen.'
Come see one of the most critically acclaimed new Asian American graphic novels, Thi Bui’s The Best We Can Do: An Illustrated Memoir (Abrams 2017). A poignant story about her family’s departure from Vietnam, the book--in the words of Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Nguyen--”delivers the painful truth that most Vietnamese of the 20th century know in an utterly personal fashion—that history is found in the marrow of one’s bones.” Moderated by AAWW Board Member Anne Ishii of MASSIVE GOODS.
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Thi Bui’s The Best We Can Do documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui tells the story of adjusting to life as a first-time mother and what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. A haunting poetic graphic novel about family, identity, and home, the book was selected for an ABA Indies Introduce and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers. As Maxine Hong Kingston writes, ““With great mastery of writing and drawing, Thi Bui shows the consequences of war lasting from generation to generation. The Best We Could Do honors Vietnam the way Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis honors Iran. And it’s fun to read too.”
Anne Ishii is an AAWW Board Member and co-editor of MASSIVE GOODS, a fashion brand, publisher, and creative agency representing queer and feminist artists from Japan. MASSIVE’s mission is to spread iconoclastic artwork addressing gender and sexuality to new audiences and new forms, from museum walls to bodies everywhere. Check out Anne in The Margins interviewing Jillian Tamaki, Michael DeForge, and comics publisher Annie Koyama.
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