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

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I Was Their American Dream

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 childr. 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 Landing at the extremely white Syracuse University for college took some adjusting Gharib includes recipes paper dolls a tear out single page zine uizzes and uotes from friends along with the narrative of spending summers in Cairo with her father years dealing migroagressions while working in Washington DC and meeting the man who would eventually become her husband

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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. 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 represent the seeming wealth fun freedom from worries or just 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


10 thoughts on “I Was Their American Dream

  1. says:

    NPR correspondent Malaka Gharib's graphic memoir about being mixed race I work with a lot of students who similarly have mix

  2. says:

    Gharib creates a cute and amusing graphic memoir about being the child of immigrants a Catholic Filipino mother

  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

  5. says:

    THIS BOOK MY LITTLE MEXICANITALIANAMERICAN 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 smar

  6. 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 reuires leaving behind many elements of the pas

  7. 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 we

  8. 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 uestion Where are you FROM from? a

  9. 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 compl

  10. says:

    a beautiful honest and sweet tribute to her egyptian filipino american family ’ everyone should read

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