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Thi Bui

Thi Bui is a writer, artist, and former public school teacher. She came to the U.S. as a refugee in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and continues to advocate for refugees and immigrants today. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017) started as part-family oral history, part-revenge against all the bad Vietnam War movies she grew up watching. Now every incoming freshman at UCLA is getting a copy of it as UCLA's Common Book for 2017. Thi recently illustrated A Different Pond, a children’s book about a refugee family in Minneapolis, by Bao Phi (Capstone, 2017), and is starting work on a graphic nonfiction book about climate change in Việt Nam, to be published by One World/Random House. Thi was a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, the first public high school in California for recent immigrants and English learners. She currently teaches in the MFA in Comics program at the California College of the Arts. She lives in Berkeley with her son, her husband and her mom.

Photo credit: Gabe Clark.