9th Ave: SOLD OUT Eddie Ahn with Russell Jeung

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset.

Cover of Eddie Ahn's graphic memoir, Advocate. The cover features different colored panels of Ahn's illustrations, featuring a man sitting at his desk, the Trans America building, a BART train, and a man running.
This event is SOLD OUT. Please add your name to the waitlist at the RSVP link, or watch the livestream at the YouTube link below.
Join us on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm PT when Eddie Ahn joins us for the launch of his graphic memoir, Advocate, with Dr. Russell Jeung at 9th Ave!

Free to Attend, RSVP is Required
https://thethirdplace.is/event/eddieahnbooklaunch

Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
Or watch online at the link below:
https://youtube.com/live/K0HGLGa46j8?feature=share

Praise for Advocate
“Eddie Ahn is a Korean-American everyman who works to change the world, and Advocate is his gorgeous testament—a pristinely drawn account of public service and filial piety and the quiet pains of doing good.”—Ed Park, author of Same Bed Different Dreams

“Eddie Ahn’s powerful debut graphic memoir is a stunningly illustrated, moving portrait of the son of Korean immigrants. Ahn gives us an intimate view of his choice to go against his parents’ wishes and pursue a rewarding, if low-paid career in advocacy. He shares the joys of this work alongside the exhaustion that comes with living on the brink of poverty. But Ahn’s love for his community is shown in every gorgeous panel, from the backdrop of the city to his one-time diet of burritos—his beautiful drawings are imbued with care, generosity, and enormous talent.”—Margaret Kimball, author of And Now I Spill the Family Secrets

“Humane and sensitive . . . Inspirational reading for progressives seeking to make a difference in the world.”Kirkus Reviews

About Advocate
A moving graphic memoir following Eddie Ahn, an environmental justice lawyer and activist striving to serve diverse communities in San Francisco amidst environmental catastrophes, an accelerating tide of racial and economic inequality, burnout, and his family’s expectations.

Born in Texas to Korean immigrants, Eddie grew up working at his family’s store with the weighty expectations that their sacrifices would be paid off when he achieved the “American Dream.” Years later after moving to San Francisco and earning a coveted law degree, he then does the unthinkable: he rejects a lucrative legal career to enter the nonprofit world.

In carving his own path, Eddie defies his family’s notions of economic success, igniting a struggle between family expectations, professional goals, and dreams of community. As an environmental justice attorney, he confronts the most immediate issues the country is facing today, from the devastating effects of Californian wildfires to economic inequality, all while combatting burnout and racial prejudice. In coming fully into his own, Eddie also reaches a hand back to his parents, showing them the value of a life of service rather than one spent only seeking monetary wealth.

Weaving together humorous anecdotes with moments of victory and hope, this powerful, deeply contemplative full-color graphic novel explores the relationship between immigration and activism, opportunity and obligation, and familial duty and community service.

About Eddie Ahn
Eddie Ahn has been an environmental justice attorney and nonprofit worker for fifteen years. While working as the executive director of Brightline Defense, a San Francisco–based environmental justice nonprofit, he was inducted into the State of California’s Clean Energy Hall of Fame for his work in equity and clean energy. In addition to his nonprofit work, he has served as president of the San Francisco Commission on the Environment as well as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Conservation and Development Commission. He is a self-taught artist who has been recognized as a Cartoonist-in-Residence by the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.

About Dr. Russell Jeung
Dr. Russell Jeung
received a BA in Human Biology and a MA in Education from Stanford University. After working in China and in the Mayor's Office of San Francisco, he obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of multiple books, including Family Sacrifices and Moving Movers, and he co-produced with Valerie Soe the documentary, The Oak Park Story, about a landmark housing lawsuit involving his fellow Cambodian and Latino tenants. In 2020, Dr. Jeung launched Stop AAPI Hate, a project of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, and SF State Asian American Studies. He is a professor in San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies Department. 
 

Advocate: A Graphic Memoir of Family, Community, and the Fight for Environmental Justice By Eddie Ahn Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781984862495
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Ten Speed Graphic - April 16th, 2024

A moving graphic memoir following Eddie Ahn, an environmental justice lawyer and activist striving to serve diverse communities in San Francisco amidst environmental catastrophes, an accelerating tide of racial and economic inequality, burnout, and his family’s expectations.


Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans By Russell M. Jeung, Seanan S. Fong, Helen Jin Kim Cover Image
$40.99
ISBN: 9780190875923
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 6th, 2019

Fifty-two percent of Chinese Americans report having no religious affiliation, making them the least religiously-identified ethnic group in the United States. But that statistic obscures a much more complex reality. Family Sacrifices reveals that Chinese Americans employ familism, not religion, as the primary narrative by which they find meaning, identity, and belonging.


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