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All Jin Wang Wants Is To Fit In When His Family Moves To A New Neighborhood, He Suddenly Finds That He S The Only Chinese American Student At His School Jocks And Bullies Pick On Him Constantly, And He Has Hardly Any Friends Then, To Make Matters Worse, He Falls In Love With An All American GirlBorn To Rule Over All The Monkeys In The World, The Story Of The Monkey King Is One Of The Oldest And Greatest Chinese Fables Adored By His Subjects, Master Of The Arts Of Kung Fu, He Is The Most Powerful Monkey On Earth But The Monkey King Doesn T Want To Be A Monkey He Wants To Be Hailed As A GodChin Kee Is The Ultimate Negative Chinese Stereotype, And He S Ruining His Cousin Danny S Life Danny S A Popular Kid At School, But Every Year Chin Kee Comes To Visit, And Every Year Danny Has To Transfer To A New School To Escape The Shame This Year, Though, Things Quickly Go From Bad To WorseThese Three Apparently Unrelated Tales Come Together With An Unexpected Twist, In A Modern Fable That Is Hilarious, Poignant And Action Packed American Born Chinese Is An Amazing Rise, All The Way Up To The Astonishing Climax And Confirms What A Growing Number Of Readers Already Know Gene Yang Is A Major Talent

10 thoughts on “American Born Chinese

  1. says:

    Read for my young adult literature class.A unique message and vivid writing I loved how he was able to weave together three stories in such a short story

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    this book is the perfect antidote to the graphic novels aren t real books crowd s poison it takes full advantage of the medium lgm with the local boy scout troops , and just runs with it this story could not have been told as well or as broadly using a traditional narrative structure and at the end, there is a perfect collapse the three storylines streamline so perfectly into one message about cultural acclimatization and race shame and why it is bad but not in a preachy way it is not rah rah asia, it is just quietly, don t be an asshole this is who you are so it doesn t exclude roundeye from appreciating the message, like me at chinese new year at my ex s I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SAYING ABOUT ME, GRANDMA TSUI so the stories include the traditional tale of the monkey king a very tasteful depiction of a chinese gentleman come to america and this cute young chinese american boy with a perm that s what the art looks like and if i didn t have to read this for class, i would have missed out on it, because it is not the kind of art i am immediately drawn to me and art, we don t understand each other museums leave me cold, and with graphic novels, i am always drawn to certain ones and repulsed by others with not one whit of rhyme nor reason nor consistency i am the worst at art appreciation but i am the queen of making thanksgiving dinner and writing drunken book reviews and white trash fixing of silverware drawers recognize but yeah, a totally charming book i have no personal immigrant experience from which to draw as a way of relating to ths story, but it works on any level of appreciate thyself and don t wear shoes just because the humans are doing it kind of thing.where did that wine go

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    I started reading this in the middle of the night because when you can t fall asleep after a certain hour, you surrender and pick up a book.And for once in my life I was pretty happy about being awake in the early morning hours because I realized rather quickly that American Born Chinese is one of the best graphic novels I ve read so far This review contains spoilers.All Jin Wang wants is to fit in When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he s the only Chinese American student at his school Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all American girlThe writer captured the feelings of having a crush so damn perfectly It was like someone was reading my mind It perfectly captured the essence of it.And along the way, we smoothly follow the story of the Monkey King Born to rule over all the monkeys in the world, the story of the Monkey King is one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables Adored by his subjects, master of the arts of kung fu, he is the most powerful monkey on earth But the Monkey King doesn t want to be a monkey He wants to be hailed as a god Chin Kee is the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, and he s ruining his cousin Danny s life Danny s a popular kid at school, but every year Chin Kee comes to visit, and every year Danny has to transfer to a new school to escape the shame This year, though, things quickly go from bad to worseI kept thinking throughout my reading experience how Danny was going to be relevant in any way I didn t know if we re supposed to feel sorry for him because I certainly didn t He kept acting like an entitled white boy with little to no problems Entitled white boy or what But then.Then the three stories get connected and it completely knocked my socks off Because it seemingly follows three unrelated tales until it all comes together for an epic truly epic twist that I didn t see coming from a mile off.It was pure brilliance I was all, NOW WAIT JUST A DAMN MINUTE. Literally applauding Gene Luen Yang for this reveal that I did not see coming at all And here s a pretty accurate visual of me when the reveal came I was shaking.And praising the writer even for that ending and how intricate and well plotted everything was thought out to the last detail I seriously cannot stop thinking about everything that went down There s so much to discuss from white privilege to stereotypes to what it means to accept yourself And everything was handled with brilliance.P.S Wei Chen is one of the best It s really been such a long time since a graphic novel has captured my heart like this I read American Born Chinese in one breath and now I cannot stop raving about it Note I m an Affiliate If you re interested in buying American Born Chinese, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commission Support creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko bookspoils

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    I wrote a poem many years ago about wishing I was black so I could have an afro How do you beat afros as a hairstyle About the only way is by having afro puffs, which white dudes also can t have Partially because they are white, and partially because they re dudes I used to skip over that page of job applications that asks your ethnicity I thought it was stupid that anyone would care what my race, or my sex, was before deciding whether or not to hire me Hahahah, I was soooo naive Since then, I ve realized to what a great extent the law attempts to make that pesky All men are created equal clause actually true I ve also read some statistics that make it pretty clear those laws aren t getting the job done Racism, sexism, ableism, sexualpreferenceism, attractivenessism, sizism, there are a fuckton of isms that people still engage in They aren t conscious of doing them, but they have a sense that the slightly heavier, balding guy my own age isn t going to be as much of a go getter as me, so they hire me If he s also black, well FUCK The job is as good as mine I believe in the idea of race even less than I used to But, I have an awful confession to make I now fill out that page of the application because I now understand that although it s not technically legal my whiteness helps me get jobs Which begs the question, WHY ARE PEOPLE SO FUCKING STUPID Anyway image error

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    Gene Luen Yang does a good job telling his story about his life or not his own maybe as a Chinese American I was very excited to read this book becasue first it was a graphic novel and second his story sort of connects with me since I am a Chinese American myself Yang chooses an interesting title, American Born Chinese Its not one of those clever, thought provoking titles, but it is a rare one that you don t come across often I sort of anticipated on what this story will be about, but what I didn t expect was the form of the story Basically there are three story lines a story about an American Born Chinese who moves to a new area and goes to a school as the only asian kid, a popular chinese myth called Monkey King , and a story about a chinese kid who has all these negative chinese stereotypes and ruins Danny s life There is no chronological order to these stories Yang goes back and forth with all three stories, but in the end eveything ties together One thing that I really like about this book is that everything is in color, unlike the other graphic novels that are black and white The color adds life into the stories which constantly reminds me that I am reading a biography or autobiography The writing is easy to understand but the main point of the book is the meaning it is trying to convey It is always hard to live in two cultures at the same time, something like living two lives In this book Yang mainly focused on the struggles of being a Chinese American, but I believe all minority groups experience the same thing People who refuse to accept others and differences always make it harder for immigrants and maybe this book can change some minds I especially like this book because I went through the same stuggles Yang did Identity checks, negative chinese stereotypes, isolation, things like that I felt before for being in the skin I am in, but that tells me about the world and gets me into the real world faster I appreciate that finally there is a chinese voice out there that feels and thinks like me We need of these kind of books to share the pain and tell others they re not alone, especially in the chinese community This book has won the Michael L Printz Award and is a national book award finalist.

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    A graphic novel with a wonderful overarching message about identity and a solid representation of Asian American characters In American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang details the story of Jin Wang, the only Chinese American at his new school Yang intertwines Jin s struggle with the tale of Chin Kee say this name aloud , the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, as well as the legend of the Monkey King, one of the most famous Chinese fables These three plots come together in an unexpected way to conclude the novel with a bang.Yang does a great job of deconstructing stereotypes about Asian Americans by tackling them head on He delves into Wang s emotions and his vulnerability as an insecure outsider when compared to his peers He highlights the pressures to assimilate to the predominate culture, even at the cost of one s individuality Though I found the twist at the end of the book abrupt and a bit too absurd, I appreciated how Yang kept the focus on the intricacies of Asian American identity in a humorous, accessible way.Recommended to those interested in graphic novels or stories featuring diverse characters A three star read I would still encourage others to check out, in particular to those searching for something different and fun.

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    I liked Gene Luen Yang s The Shadow Hero a lot, so I had to finally check out the author s most well known graphic novel, American Born Chinese Both books are about the immigrant experience, a topic difficult to write about in ways that are or less politically correct but not too obvious and predictable In both cases I had my doubts early on as to whether Yang would be able to pull it off, but both times he eventually won me over with surprising plot twists and a flood of well observed details.Yang s willingness to take the risk of boring or disconcerting the reader during the early stages of the reading experience is testament to his confidence and maturity as a storyteller, as it allows him to ultimately undermine the reader s expectations and preconceptions often to astonishing effect In the case of American Born Chinese, story elements that initially seemed offensive miraculously fall into place when Yang finally weaves the book s three narratives into one The results feel unique, down to earth yet highly imaginative wonderful stuff

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    Reference information Title American Born ChineseAuthor Gene Luen YangPublisher First Second Year 2006 of pages 233 Genre Graphic NovelReading level 6th grade Interest level 15 yrs oldPotential hot lava some racist language, some violenceGeneral response reaction I was surprised at how quickly I finished this graphic novel This book was so easy to read probably because it was a graphic novel When I read the inside flap for the plot of the book, I was surprised to read that there were three different stories going on Then the flap said that all three of those stories would converge and I was even interested I enjoyed the stories because it definitely showed the identity crisis that many minorities feel in the United States While many people would like to think that those minority stereotypes disappeared a long time ago, this book was published in 2006 and absolutely shows that those stereotypes still exist Subjects, Themes, and Big Ideas Identity Racism Friendship AcceptanceCharacters The Monkey King He is a king, born in an unorthodox manner, and he wants to be hailed as a deity He practices kung fu and the different ways to become immortal, but in the process, he loses his identity As his punishment, the Monkey King is buried under a rock mountain Jin Wang He was born in American and barely had any friends when he moved from Chinatown in San Francisco to another part of California He soon made friends with a boy from Taiwan and falls for an American girl Eventually, things go bad for Jin and he wishes to be someone else Wei Chen Sun A boy who moved from Taiwan He becomes best friends with Jin Wang and dates the only other Asian in the class, Suzy Nakamura Danny A boy who has transferred to his third high school He finally finds his niche in school by making the basketball team and talking to girls Unfortunately, his crazy cousin, Chin Kee comes to visit and ruins everything However, Danny turns out to be someone else Chin Kee Danny s cousin who comes to visit once a year He draws such attention to himself and embarrasses Danny so much that Danny has to transfer schools Chin Kee turns out to be than just Danny s cousin.Plot summary The Monkey King wants to be hailed as a deity but the gods will not allow it He then practices different ways to become immortal and when he achieves it, he challenges the Creator himself However, the Creator is not happy with the Monkey King s disrespect and buries the Monkey King under a mountain of rocks for 500 years.Jin Wang is a Chinese American kid who doesn t feel like he fits in anywhere He thinks school is boring until he falls in love with an American girl That relationship doesn t work out and he takes his frustrations out on his other two Asian friends Jin Wang wants to become someone else and he soon gets his wish and transforms into another person.Danny is an American boy who has transferred to three different schools in the past few years The reason for the transfers is because his cousin Chin Kee visits every year and the embarrassment from those visits follow him everywhere Danny finally has enough of the antics and confronts Chin Kee.Although these three stories seem to have nothing in common, they flow together in the end The Monkey King is taken on a quest with a monk to help mankind The Monkey King s son wanted to live among the humans and became best friends with Jin Wang When Jin hurt Wei Chen s feelings, Wei Chen turns his back on serving the humans and decides to live as a human for his own gain Jin transforms into Danny and lives his life in another form When Danny confronts Chin Kee, his cousin fights back and then reveals himself to be the Monkey King Since the Monkey King learned to accept his true form, he tells Danny to accept his true from as Jin Wang The Monkey King explains everything to Jin Then he explains that his son did not want to see him any, so the Monkey King started visiting Jin to always remind him of where he came from and what his culture is.Strengths including reviews and awards It is a different kind of book graphic novel It shows a minority s perspective Winner of the Michael L Printz Award National Book Award finalist Publisher s Weekly Best Book of the Year Booklist Editors Choice BookDrawbacks or other cautions Some people might not know how to read a graphic novel carefullyTeaching ideas Pre reading Journals Identityo How would you describe yourself o How would others describe you o What are the traits that make up your personality o Where are you from o These questions will help the student understand their whole self How to read a graphic novel.o I would want to help them understand that reading a graphic novel is quite different from reading a normal book or even a comic book Some authors are very picky about having their work be called a graphic novel rather than a comic book.o We would discuss the differences between a comic book and a graphic novel.o Just like other works of literature, graphic novels have become movies We could possibly watch and compare movies to the graphic novel.During Reading Journals o Myths What are some myths that you have heard Is this myth monkey king like any other one you ve heard or read about o Stereotypes What are the stereotypes depicted in this book Do you feel that they are accurate How can one fight stereotypes and ridicule o Crazy family members Do you have a crazy family member What makes them embarrass you o Identity Did you ever want to be somebody else Who Why What was the outcome We would discuss all these topics as well if they were comfortable doing so Compare stories with other well known stories o Jin Wang Danny sort of like Peter Parker Spider Mano Monkey King Beowulf I ve never read Beowulf so I m not 100% sure there s a relation here, but maybe there is from the small bit that I ve heard o Monkey King OdysseyPost Reading Create your own graphic novelo Or at least a few pages of a graphic novelo The students can either make their own story or use a well known story and illustrate it Switch dayo Have students switch identities for a day Sort of like Principal for a day only differento See if the students really liked being someone else or if they prefer their old life Family tieso Get to know your crazy family member, maybe there is to them than just crazy.

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    It s funny that the most notable thing I can tell you about this book is that it s in colour.That might not strike you as odd, but really, for the type of story Yang tells, the comics industry has almost universally awarded such stories a black and white printing If not autobiographical, American Born Chinese is the kind of story that might very well be.Examining the difficulty with which a child born in one country from parents of another country, the author explores the kind of dissatisfaction common to many in similar circumstances The desire to blend in, the need to eliminate traces of heritage I ve never felt these things in my life, but through Yang s story, I could begin to understand in a manner other than pure academic assent.Yang weaves three narratives together in a masterful way and each sings of a different life s lesson There is the story of the Monkey King the classic Chinese figure , the story of Jin and his difficulty fitting into a school in which he is the only student of Chinese descent, and the story of Danny, who is plagued by his ridiculous cousin Chin Kee who is appears as a stereotyped caricature complete with affected speech Ls for Rs and vice versa Strangely, the Chin Kee episodes actually carry a laugh track.It should be notable that the only bad thing I have to say about the book was that I didn t find it as good as its hype Yang s book picked up a fistful of worthy awards last year Not just Best Graphic Novel awards but several Best Book Awards As good as it was, I d read better and while I would recommend it to anyone, I can t see myself reading it than a couple times if I live to seventy note Best Book Awards from Publisher s Weekly, School Library Journal, and San Francisco Chronicle Plus piles of other awards from elsewhere.

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    One thing that stood out most is that the author focused on exploring the inner self conscious shame of the immigrant or non Western, instead of making his main characters perfect, full of mature pride for his identity In fact, the students around Jin Wang and Wei Chen were portrayed pretty realistically too some of them were disgusting bullies seeing only one stereotypical image of the Asian, some were subtly bigoted, and some others don t treat them any different Although I m Asian, not an Asian American, I believe this kind of complex identities are the real thing everywhere, so I really like how the author told his story this way.Oh, and the twist in how the three stories connect WOW THAT WAS COOL.