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We Served the People

We Served the People

My Mother's Stories

Graphic Novel - 2020
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"A collection of moving stories passed from mother to daughter recounting life during China's Cultural Revolution. In China, an entire generation's most formative years took place in remote rural areas when city-kids were sent to the countryside to become rusticated youth and partake in Mao's mandated Great Leap Forward. Debut cartoonist Emei Burell breathes new life into the stories her mother shared with her of growing up during mid-1960s Communist China. In an inspiring tale, her mother recounts how she ended up as one of the few truck-driving women during the Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside movement, which sought to increase agricultural outreach and spur social and ideological change amongst youth. Burell's stunning illustrations honor her mother's courage, strength, and determination during a decade of tremendous political upheaval, where millions of lives were lost, and introduces us to a young Burell in a new era of self-discovery."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : Archaia, a division of Boom Entertainment, Inc., 2020
ISBN: 9781684155040
Branch Call Number: 951.05609 B899B 2020
Characteristics: 144 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), colour maps ; 25 cm


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(ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL) A daughter depicts her mother's oral history of life in China in the 1960s and '70s in this educational and inspiring portrait of perseverance.

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