Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir Of A Wuhanese-American

ISBN-10: 0063067765
ISBN-13: 9780063067769
Author: Gao, Laura
Illustrated by: Gao, Laura
Interest Level: 9-12
Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 2022

Copyright: 2022

Page Count: 272

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Grades 9-12

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BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Biography *

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Emigration & Immigration *


A resonant teen graphic memoir about the author's exploration of and struggles with her intersecting identities as an immigrant from Wuhan, a Chinese-American, and a queer woman...Laura Gao immigrated from Wuhan to Texas when she was a child. Before COVID-19, not many people Laura encountered had heard of her hometown. Mostly the word "Wuhan" was met with blank stares and puzzlement. But all that changed in January of 2020...In The Wuhan I Know, Laura examines her own experience of growing up between two cultures. She looks back over her life as a queer Chinese-American immigrant who spent most of her youth trying to reconcile her outsider identity with her very white, very straight American peers. She was never "American enough" to fit in with them. As she travels back and forth from Wuhan to Texas, she also has to face that she can never be "Chinese enough" in the place where she was born.
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