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I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir (Paperback)

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I Was Their American Dream is at once a coming-of-age story and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated 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.

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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.

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.

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ISBN 9780525575115
Length (cm) 15.0000
Width (cm) 2.0000
Height (cm) 23.0000
Publisher Clarkson Potter
Publication Date Apr 30, 2019
Pages (number) 160
Genre Graphic Novels, Manga and Comic Books
Author Malaka Gharib
Signed No
Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

“This charming graphic memoir riffs on the joys and challenges of developing a unique ethnic identity.”Publishers Weekly

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