November 2020: I Was Their American Dream

Updated: Nov 18, 2020


  • For Gen X readers - do you relate to Malaka's coming of age story?

  • Have you read many accounts, stories, fictional recounts of multiracial people who aren't white?

  • What do you think of the graphic memoir format? Do you think the illustrations and interactive elements (the paper dolls, mini-zine, microaggressions bingo, and Tagalog flashcards) enhance or detract from Malaka’s story? Why or why not?

  • What are your thoughts on perpetual "un-belonging"?

  • Was 90s/00s culture a glorification or centering of white culture? How did that impact your identification as "American"?

  • What would be on your microaggression bingo?

  • Malaka's parents justified their migration to the US with the lure of American culture. What push/pull factors brought your family to the US? How does your family talk about their immigration story?

Order the book through your local bookstore, online, or check your local library for digital and physical loans.

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