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Our Stories Carried Us Here acts as a mirror and a light to connect us all with immigrant and refugee experiences that inspire both hope and empathy. We paired 10 storytellers and illustrators from the same linguistic, cultural, and regional backgrounds to create a unique blend between story and illustration. Centers complex and difficult issues: the ways in which identities and bodies are marked by race, religion, and class, racial profiling, education inequality, systematic displacement and discrimination, mental health, disability, activism, and more to reclaim the narrative that has so often been shaped by hate, fear, and xenophobia.

A STARRED REVIEW FOR OUR STORIES CARRIED US HERE!

Editor: Julie Vang
Editor: Tea Rozman
Editor: Tom Kaczynski

Online Publish Date: October 1, 2021
Publisher:Green Card Voices
Pages: 216
Price ( Hardcover ): $24.99
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-949523-17-1
Section: Teen

Eleven storytellers chronicle their journeys from places all over the world—including Guatemala, Chad, Vietnam, and Kazakhstan—to the United States.

Each story compellingly details a variety of experiences the individual immigrant or refugee had, highlighting differences between stories that too often are lumped together or not given an opportunity to be heard. Each storyteller was paired with an illustrator from a similar linguistic and cultural heritage. The thoughtfulness of the matches shines through, as every panel authentically conveys the narrators’ poignant and emotional memories, highlighting the beauty of their homelands and the cultures they still identify with. The narratives show the struggles and triumphs of acclimating to a new language, culture, and worldview as well as dealing with obstacles like racism and microaggressions. Readers meet remarkable people like Zaynab Abdi from Yemen, whose story is illustrated by Egyptian American artist Ashraf El-Attar in stark black and white. Her harrowing journey was filled with sorrow and trauma yet, when she finally settled in Minnesota, she found purpose and opportunity through hard work and activism, speaking at the United Nations about girls’ education in Yemen. Each profile opens with brief biographies and photos or drawings of the storytellers and artists along with website URLs for learning more about them. Glossaries following many of the stories define potentially unfamiliar terms. The vibrant diversity of artistic styles offers pleasing variety within the unifying thematic framework of the volume.

Will strongly evoke both thought-provoking insights and empathy. (Graphic nonfiction. 12-16)

Book Launch 9/15/21

A bold and unconventional collection of first-person stories told and illustrated by immigrants and refugees living across the United States.

Stanford scientist, deaf student, indigenous activist, Black entrepreneur, DACA student—all immigrants and refugees—recount journeys from their home countries in ten vibrant and diverse illustrated stories. Faced by unfamiliar vistas, they are welcomed with possibilities, and confronted by challenges and prejudice. Our Stories Carried Us Here: A Graphic Novel Anthology surfaces the depth of storytelling that is authentic, unapologetic, and real with complex and difficult issues.

Timely, sobering, and insightful, Our Stories Carried Us Here acts as a mirror and a light to connect us all with immigrant and refugee experiences.

Book includes:

  • 216 pages
  • 10 full-colored and illustrated stories
  • Foreword by Thi Bui, Author of The Best We Could Do
  • Illustrated cover by Nate Powell
  • World Map of illustrators’ and storytellers’ origin/nationality