Cartoonist Duachaka Her created a beautiful reflection on the difficulty of maintaining Hmong shamanic traditions in a new country.
Note: This comic was produced as companion piece to Ginseng Roots 7 & 8 by Craig Thompson.
Duachaka (Dua) is a Hmong-American cartoonist and illustrator from snowy Wisconsin. As a first generation Hmong-American, her parents persuaded her to go to college in hopes of her becoming a doctor, lawyer, or teacher. Of all the things she could’ve studied, she spent four long years obtaining a B.F.A. in Entertainment Design with a concentration in Comics and Sequential Art (fancy wording for basically a Comics Degree). Today, she tries her hardest to make comics, illustrate picture books, and still be a mom to her loving children. She is also the creator of The Collection and Then and Now comic books.
She is represented by Janna Morishima at Janna Co.
Check out her website.