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READ: Ugandan Migrants (Graphic Biography)

Aminah and Grace are aliases given to two Ugandan women who are among the millions of migrants who leave their homes, temporarily or permanently, seeking work opportunities.
The Graphic Biography below uses “Three Close Reads”. If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: skimming for gist

This will be your quickest read. It should help you get the general idea of what the graphic biography will be about. Pay attention to the title, headings, images, and layout. Ask yourself: what is this graphic biography going to be about?

Second read: understanding content

For this reading, you should be looking for unfamiliar vocabulary words, the major claim and key supporting details, and analysis and evidence. You should also spend some time looking at the images and the way in which the page is designed.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. Where did Grace and Aminah come from, and why were they seeking work in the United Arab Emirates?
  2. How did Grace and Aminah get permits to travel?
  3. How were Grace and Aminah’s experiences in the UAE different?
  4. How did the Ugandan government react to the experiences of its citizens like Aminah?
  5. How did the artist use art and design to show the different experiences of Grace and Aminah?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

In this read, you should use the graphic biography as evidence to support, extend, or challenge claims made in the course.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. How does this biography of Ugandan Migrants to the UAE support, extend, or challenge what you have learned about how different communities have experienced globalization in the contemporary era?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to read! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished reading.

Ugandan Migrants (Graphic Biography)

Writer: Lindsay Ehrisman
Artist: Liz Clarke
Aminah and Grace are aliases given to two Ugandan women who are among the millions of migrants who leave their homes, temporarily or permanently, seeking work opportunities.
Download the Graphic Biography PDF here or click on the image above.

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  • old spice man blue style avatar for user Yi Xu
    I don't think this graphic provided enough contexts. How did they end up with different experiences? Or the purpose of this article just to simply show the outcomes from migration during globalization? I think it is a bit narrative, too many factors come to play from personal perspective. Or should I just focus on the bigger picture?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user aboccolucci6892
    i like you mom
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