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Thi Bui was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War, and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the "boat people" wave of refugees from Southeast Asia. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017) has been selected as UCLA's Common Book for 2017 and made several best of 2017 book lists, including Bill Gates' top five picks. She is also the illustrator of A Different Pond, an award-winning picture book by the poet Bao Phi (Capstone, 2017). She is currently researching a work of graphic nonfiction about climate change in Vietnam, to be published by One World, Random House. Thi taught high school in New York City and was a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, the first public high school in California for recent immigrants and English learners. She has taught in the MFA in Comics program since 2015. She lives in Berkeley with her son, her husband and her mother.


Lecturer, Comics