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A Conversation with Thi Bui

November 9, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST


Thi Bui’s graphic memoir The Best We Could Do has made a significant contribution to the representation of Asian Americans in popular culture. Through a masterful orchestration of the graphic narrative form, Bui tells the personal epic of her own family as they fled Vietnam after the war and resettled in America. The book won an American Book Award, was named a National Book Critics Circle finalist, and has been adopted by many colleges and universities for freshmen and common reading lists. Bui is currently researching and drawing a work of graphic nonfiction about immigrant detention and deportation, to be published by One World, Random House.

A veteran illustrator, Thi’s short comics can be found online at The Nib, PEN America, and BOOM California. She is a contributor to Refugees Anthology, published by Abrams Press, and illustrated A Different Pond, a 2018 Caldecott Honor Book, with writer Bao Phi. With her son, Hien, she co-illustrated the children’s book, Chicken of the Sea written by Pulitzer-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and his son, Ellison.

Visit Thi’s website for more about her work and career. https://www.thibui.com/

Visit this link to hear Thi explain where her name comes from, what it means, how to pronounce it, and what it is like for immigrants like her who sometimes modify their names to make it easier for people to pronounce. https://www.teachingbooks.net/pronounce.cgi?aid=29954

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Moody College Honors Program and the Center for East Asian Studies.

Registration and Zoom link: https://utexas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wBF1JwCkTyqqn35dXTQ3CQ

Contact: Dave Junker, Director of the Moody College Honors Program, junker@austin.utexas.edu


November 9, 2021
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST


Target Audience
Faculty, Staff, Students, General Public
Honors Program, Storytelling

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