Immigrating abroad is never a seamless process. Sure, it starts with truckloads of paperwork and then there’s a never-ending list attached to it. Author-illustrator Nash tries to portrait some of the ups and downs associated with the expat life in his debut graphic memoir- ‘What to Expect When You’re Immigrating.’ Born in Sri Lanka and now living in Melbourne, Australia; Nash makes a powerful attempt to documenting his experiences in the form of a handful how-to guide for new arrivals that is all things hilarious but also real and true. If you’re looking for your great international move or have freshly made that big move, then this book is for you!
Nash describes his book to be eighty percent a memoir and twenty percent a story that is well-intricated in every immigrant’s journey. “A lot of the things that I’ve mentioned in the book is more a self-reflection rather than an observation of direct interaction with someone. I think that’s an important distinction to make for many of those who believe migration is just about some paperwork, patience and then it’s a happily-ever-after,” says Nash in an interview with me.
There is always something we can learn from another person’s expat journey and Nash’s book is no exception to the rule. His unshakeable zeal for making a mark in a foreign land and the insatiable hunger for creating Art based on real-life events has led to the creation of this book. Wishing him the best!
Published by Affirm Press, you can grab this funny, insightful memoir at all leading bookstores in Australia.
Title: What to Expect When You’re Immigrating
Author: Avinash Weerasekera
Publisher: Affirm Press