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ERIC Number: EJ876256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Graphic Journeys: Graphic Novels' Representations of Immigrant Experiences
Boatright, Michael D.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n6 p468-476 Mar 2010
This article explores how immigrant experiences are represented in the narratives of three graphic novels published in the last decade: Tan's (2007) "The Arrival," Kiyama's (1931/1999) "The Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924," and Yang's (2006) "American Born Chinese." Through a theoretical lens informed by work in critical literacy, the author examines how images and words in graphic novels privilege certain perspectives and merit critique in their representations of immigrant experiences. This article takes a look at how graphic novels representing immigrant experiences can assist English language arts teachers interested in studying immigration issues in their classrooms by offering inquiries into how three specific immigrant experiences are constructed through graphic novels. It also invites English language arts teachers to engage in dialogue with their students about immigrant experiences as inroads to understanding the vastly complex issues surrounding immigration. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A