Friday, October 9, 2020

I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib

I Was Their American Dream
by Malaka Gharib

Published: 2019
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
Paperback: 160
Rating: 4
Graphic Novel, Memoir, Egyptian Filipino | Goodreads

First sentence(s):
When I was growing up, my mom would always say: You have to be better than us.

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 raised.

Malaka'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 dream.

The 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.

My two-bits:

Fun way to get perspectives of the American dream and growing up as an Asian American.


* part of October Filipino American History Month

* part of Filipino Reading Challenge (here)
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