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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
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American Born Chinese (2006)

by Gene Luen Yang

Other authors: Lark Pien (Colorist)

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I knew I wouldn't like this graphic novel as much as Gene Yang's Boxers & Saints. I'm sort of a Chinese history buff and loved the creative retelling of the Boxer Rebellion. However this is really, really quite good. Exploring the Asian American experience, as the title suggests with Yang's brilliant, layered storytelling. Yang blends three separate stories: the monkey king, an Asian elementary and middle school student and a high-school student with a racial stereotype for a cousin. So good. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
Meh... ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 2017 |
A fantastic, hilarious, but educational book about prejudice. Gene Luen Yang starts out the book with three separate stories with Chinese identify being the connecting thread. The book ends with one story, combining the three in a genius conclusion. ( )
  trc2017 | Apr 13, 2017 |
American Born Chinese is a graphic novel that talks to anyone who wants to be other than what he/she is. This isn't to say that one shouldn't try to improve him/herself, but it warns against being ashamed of what you are and trying to hide it. Find hope, solace, friendship and pride in whatever you are born with. You can find the same sentiment in the last lines of "The Great Gatsby."
  edwardcandler | Mar 15, 2017 |
This book has three storylines. The main story tells that a young boy called Jin Wang who is a lonely Asian American middle school student want to fit in with his white classmates, and accept his cultural identity. I would use this book in my teaching, because it is really good to help those kids who come from other countries to find himself and to help others to understand those kids who come from other countries. The book also tells the story of a Chinese folklore about Monkey King. This book is good for 12-16 ages readers to read. ( )
  CNKE94297 | Feb 21, 2017 |
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School Library Journal Review
Starred Review. Gr 7 Up Graphic novels that focus on nonwhite characters are exceedingly rare in American comics. Enter American Born Chinese, a well-crafted work that aptly explores issues of self-image, cultural identity, transformation, and self-acceptance. In a series of three linked tales, the central characters are introduced: Jin Wang, a teen who meets with ridicule and social isolation when his family moves from San Francisco s Chinatown to an exclusively white suburb; Danny, a popular blond, blue-eyed high school jock whose social status is jeopardized when his goofy, embarrassing Chinese cousin, Chin-Kee, enrolls at his high school; and the Monkey King who, unsatisfied with his current sovereign, desperately longs to be elevated to the status of a god. Their stories converge into a satisfying coming-of-age novel that aptly blends traditional Chinese fables and legends with bathroom humor, action figures, and playground politics. Yang s crisp line drawings, linear panel arrangement, and muted colors provide a strong visual complement to the textual narrative. Like Toni Morrison s The Bluest Eye and Laurence Yep s Dragonwings, this novel explores the impact of the American dream on those outside the dominant culture in a finely wrought story that is an effective combination of humor and drama. Philip Charles Crawford, Essex High School, Essex Junction, VT Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
 

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To Ma,
for her stories of the Monkey King

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for his stories of Ah-Tong, the Taiwanese village boy
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One bright and starry night, the Gods the Goddesses, the demons, and the spirits gathered in heaven for a dinner party.
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A great mix of mythology and the second generation immigrant experience told with wit, insight and humour. The graphic novel format is spot-on for this book. The illustrations contribute powerfully to the text.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312384483, Paperback)

Indie graphic novelist Gene Yang's intelligent and emotionally challenging American Born Chinese is made up of three individual plotlines: the determined efforts of the Chinese folk hero Monkey King to shed his humble roots and be revered as a god; the struggles faced by Jin Wang, a lonely Asian American middle school student who would do anything to fit in with his white classmates; and the sitcom plight of Danny, an All-American teen so shamed by his Chinese cousin Chin-Kee (a purposefully painful ethnic stereotype) that he is forced to change schools. Each story works well on its own, but Yang engineers a clever convergence of these parallel tales into a powerful climax that destroys the hateful stereotype of Chin-Kee, while leaving both Jin Wang and the Monkey King satisfied and happy to be who they are.

Yang skillfully weaves these affecting, often humorous stories together to create a masterful commentary about race, identity, and self-acceptance that has earned him a spot as a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People. The artwork, rendered in a chromatically cool palette, is crisp and clear, with clean white space around center panels that sharply focuses the reader's attention in on Yang's achingly familiar characters. There isn't an adolescent alive who won't be able to relate to Jin's wish to be someone other than who he is, and his gradual realization that there is no better feeling than being comfortable in your own skin.--Jennifer Hubert

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:45 -0400)

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Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.

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