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'I was 14 when I was sold'

'I was 14 when I was sold' | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it
Laxmi's story of being kidnapped and trafficked in Nepal is not an isolated case but, as this graphical account shows, things are not always what they seem.

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 11:14 PM

It is sad to see the many different ways the poverty stricken and uneducated regions of the world are exploited, especially the children. Nepal is so poor that most of the recruiters for the predatory foreign networks are often locals who either take their relatives or abductees sent back to find a replacement. The animation helps add clarity and approachability to a bleak and difficult topic.

Chris Costa's curator insight, November 30, 2015 9:33 AM

It's heartbreaking to see the plight children living in other parts of the globe, making me all the more appreciative of my uneventful upbringing in the US. Child labor is a practice that many Americans associate with the 19th century, but it continues to be widespread in many parts of the world, as is the case in Nepal. Educational opportunities are few and far in between for many Nepalese, who's short-term financial struggles rob their children of long-term opportunities for success. Many are kidnapped from their homes, or sold by their families to pay off debt with skyrocketing interest rates. The same also holds true for young female sex workers, who suffer an enormous amount of physical and psychological harm at the hands of their kidnappers and their clients. Economic pitfalls and a lack of access to education helps to perpetuate this cycle of abuse, as people are unaware of their rights in addition to lacking the education to advance economically in their societies. The Nepalese national government and several international rights groups are hard at work to combat these harmful practices, but they are fighting an uphill battle against an illicit institution that has ingrained itself in Nepalese society and culture. Great strides are being made, but much still has to be done for the youth of Nepal.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 8:22 AM

Teaching about human trafficking and child slavery can be very disconcerting and uncomfortable.  How much of the details regarding these horrific situations is age-appropriate and suitable for the classroom?  The BBC is reporting on events with sensitive stories to both give a human face to the story, while protecting the identity of under-aged victims (to read about the production of this comic, read Drawing the News.)  I encourage you to use your own discretion, but I find this comicbook format an accessible, informative and tasteful way to teach about human trafficking in South Asia to minors.  It is a powerful way to teach about some hard (but important) aspects of globalization and economics. 


As geographer Shaunna Barnhart says concerning this comic, "It moves from trafficking to child labor to pressures for migration for wage labor and the resulting injustices that occur. There's differential access to education, gender inequality, land, jobs, and monetary resources that leads to inter- and intra-country trafficking of the vulnerable. In the search for improved quality of life, individuals become part of a global flow of indentured servitude which serves to exploit their vulnerabilities and exacerbate inequalities and injustice. Nepali children 'paid' in food and cell phones that play Hindi music in 'exchange' for work in textile factories - cell phones that are themselves a nexus of global resource chains and textiles which in turn enter a global market - colliding at the site of child labor which remains largely hidden and ignored by those in the Global North who may benefit from such labor."


Tags: Nepal, labor, industry, economic, poverty, globalization, India.


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FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix.com!

FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix.com! | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it
More than 350 FREE printables from MakeBeliefsComix.com! Print out a blank printable and write in your response. Organized by theme, great for the classroom.
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English professor teaches vampire literature - Daily Illini

English professor teaches vampire literature - Daily Illini | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it
English professor teaches vampire literature
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“The Serial Vampire” concentrates on an 1897 graphic horror novel, “Dracula,” and incorporates other vampire literature that has been published since.
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K-12 Student Resources for Writing and Reading Comics « Imagination Soup | Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids

K-12 Student Resources for Writing and Reading Comics « Imagination Soup | Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it
Books for kids on how to write and draw cartoons and graphic novels as well as book for teachers on using graphic novels and comics in the classroom.
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Moving between worlds: The Arrival | The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship | Christophe Dony

Moving between worlds: The Arrival | The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship | Christophe Dony | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it
Drawing on the idea of the ‘crossover,’ Christophe Dony analyses how visual echoes in Shaun Tan’s The Arrival problematise the spatio-temporal continuum.
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Comics as Literature, Part 2: Memorable Memoirs - Wired News

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Wired NewsComics as Literature, Part 2: Memorable MemoirsWired NewsI've seen them referred to as “autobiographical graphic novels,” but that can be problematic if they're not actually fiction.
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Graphic Novels and Manga in the Classroom - LiveBinder

Graphic Novels and Manga in the Classroom - LiveBinder | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it
A resource for introducing Manga or Graphic Novels into the classroom or library.
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1984 comic

Comic book adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece. Two chapters available for download at the moment.

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Kill Shakespeare – An epic adventure that pits Shakespeare's greatest heroes against his most frightening villains

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17 Sensational, Free and Downloadable Graphic Novels | Daily Bits

17 Sensational, Free and Downloadable Graphic Novels | Daily Bits | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it
The web is home to a treasure-trove of free culture.
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Comic Creating.docx - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage

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Creating comics using iPad apps, put together by Laura Chaffey

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Viviene Tuckerman's comment, April 22, 2013 7:10 PM
Fantastic resource for teachers to learn how to use comic making apps!
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Study Links Comics With Better Memory Retention - Anime News Network

Study Links Comics With Better Memory Retention Anime News Network Results showed that both sets of students absorbed the information equally well, but those who read the graphic novels had better verbatim recall, while 80 percent of students in a...
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PULP-O-MIZER: the custom pulp magazine cover generator

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PULP-O-MIZER: the retro sci-fi custom pulp magazine cover generator for web meme graphics, blog illustrations, coffee mugs, posters, notebooks and iPad covers
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I am thinking that the saved jpg generated could be used as the cover for an epub book.

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newlits - Teaching with graphic novels

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 12, 2013 7:58 PM

A useful collection of resources for teaching using graphic novels in the classroom.

Sandrina Vlahou's curator insight, April 2, 2013 2:37 AM

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A wordless tale of belonging: Shaun Tan’s The Arrival

A wordless tale of belonging: Shaun Tan’s The Arrival | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it
Looking over much of my previous work as an illustrator and writer, such as The Rabbits (about colonisation), The Lost Thing (about a creature lost in a strange city) or The Red Tree (a girl wander...
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Comics as Literature, Part 1: The Usual Suspects

Comics as Literature, Part 1: The Usual Suspects | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it
Okay, I've had my rants (here and here) about comics being serious literature but those were really more about being pedantic than the actual appreciation of comics.
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Graphic Novel Resource

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I’ve got a few resources tucked away for the times when I’m talking about graphic novels and comics in the classroom.  I got started down this path when we were looking to license a ti...
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Digital Tools for Teachers: Online Comics and Graphic Novels

Digital Tools for Teachers: Online Comics and Graphic Novels | Graphic Novels & Comic Makers | Scoop.it

Free online Graphic Novels and Comics

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