Paul F. Lai

Paul F. Lai serves as editor of The Comics Alternative blog. By day, he is a PhD candidate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education and veteran public school English teacher. By night, he is an avid reader of educational research, academic theory, social movements, cultural studies, biblical theology, multicultural American literature… and stacks upon stacks of comics and graphic novels.

He considers discussing and teaching comics to be a part of a lifelong mission to understand how literacies change our lives and to change lives through literacy. The unique power of the comics medium for such possibilities became clear when, as a Chinese immigrant in California, he found comics to be his most potent textual and artistic vessel to understand culture, literature, media, society, and faith. He is also a longform columnist at

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