The seventh issue of Craig Thompson’s GINSENG ROOTS follows the story of a family of Hmong immigrants that may have been the first to farm ginseng in America. The Hmong story is traced from CIA’s Secret War in Laos, through the ethnic cleansing campaign in their homeland, to America’s reluctant acceptance of Hmong as refugees. As they struggled with assimilation and discrimination in rural America, Hmong immigrants became the primary labor force in Wisconsin’s ginseng gardens. Also, the long-awaited harvest of the roots!
Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets; Good-bye, Chunky Rice; and Habibi. He was born in Michigan in 1975, and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. His graphic novel Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages. Thompson lives in Portland, Oregon.