(here are covers!)
It's always interesting to read graphic novels from around the world because the pictures give you a window into other peoples' lives in a way that's both visual and personal. And Lat does an amazing job just opening a window into a world that's individual and fascinating.
There is also added bonus interest, because he created these books around the time of Malaysia's industrialization movement, so he's writing and drawing about a time period that was rapidly disintegrating and re-forming into something new.
In conclusion: Malaysia is very different from the United States! And if you didn't know this already firsthand, you can read these books and find out exactly how.