We Served the People: My Mother's Stories OGN HC
Publisher: Archaia/BOOM! Studios
Release Date: April 13, 2020
Cover Price: $19.99
Writer/Artist: Emei Burell
Cover: Emei Burell
Format: 128 pgs., Full-Color, Hardcover
Rating: N/A

Discover one woman's coming of age under Mao's rule in communist China from Eisner-nominated cartoonist Emei Burell.  Burell breathes new life into the stories her mother shared of growing up in mid-1960s Communist China and discovers a connection to her family history and heritage.

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.  In an inspiring tale, Emei's mother, Yuan Ye Ping, 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 and introduces us to a young woman in a new era of self-discovery.

Description of preview: 12 total pages (Cover and 11 interior pages).