Author Talk: Malaka Gharib

My So-Called Filipino Egyptian Life
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Join us for the Bay Area book launch of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir from artist, journalist, and author Malaka Gharib. The daughter of Filipino and Egyptian parents, Malaka writes a triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of family’s rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. The book follows Malaka as she navigates her childhood chasing her parents’ ideals, learning to code-switch between her family’s Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid. I Was Their American Dream is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. Malaka will lead an interactive zine-making workshop following the reading.

Note: This event will be taking place at a location outside the San Francisco network of public libraries. For questions concerning the event, please contact the hosting library: Public Knowledge Branch (SFMOMA).

Sponsored by the Filipino American Center.

This is a Reading, Writing & Poetry program from SFPL. We love reading/sharing/creating words.

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