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Preview — American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
American Born Chinese
The story of a Chinese-American kid in an all-white school is combined with the Chinese fable of the "Monkey King" and a send-up of racial stereotypes in this allegory of Chinese-American identity.
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 the ...more
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 w ...more
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 dissatisfactio ...more
Both books are about the immigrant experience, a topic difficult to write about in a way that is politically correct but not all too obvious and predictable. In both cases I had some doubts early on as to whether Yang would be able to pull it off, but both times he eventually ...more
Quite a quirky book, but it benefits from it. It does it's own thing and completely does it well. The themes were powerful and well delivered: I loved seeing the three different stories comment on racism, but more than that, self acceptance.
The art wasn't /necessarily/ outstanding, in the terms that I didn't find myself ogling over the illustrations. BUT, it was perfect for this story. It was wonderful! I liked it! Don't get me wrong! The monkey pictures were so cute!
I'll defin ...more
Considering all the buzz, all the acclaim, my expectations were so high that perhaps I could not help but be disappointed. The book is good, but is really great?
This is only the ...more
"American Born Chinese" is Gene Luen Yang's multiple-award-winning comic book, featuring three seemingly unrelated stories. The first tale is a well-known Chinese fable about the Monkey King, who is the master of kung-fu and the ruler of the monkey kingdom, Flower-Fruit Mountain. There is only one thing the Monkey King is unhappy about: he doesn’t want to be a monkey. The second story is centered around Jin Wang, American born Chinese, who transferred to a new school, where he i ...more
American Born Chinese is easily a on ...more
Consisting of three distinct stories, Yang’s graphic novel focuses most strongly on the acceptance of self. The main characters of these tales have identity issues galore. Jin, Danny, and the Mo ...more
SO YUS. It was a fantastic read.
It was a fair bit nonsensical, which I usually loved...but I did find myself ...more
Yang weaves together three distinct stories that generate deft insights into racial identity, adolescent anguish, and the folly of hubris. Although I found each storyline interesting, my favorite was the legend of the Monkey King, whose ...more
I rank this among the great graphic novels I've experienced: Maus, Watchmen, The D ...more
I think this book would have been better if I read it while I was younger... I know that's a really snoby thing to say but God did this feel a little too childish.
The humor was dry. The characters were not relatable whatsoever and the perspectives felt really choppy beside each other. But the saving grace of this book was its ending because it was brilliant.
Also the art wasn't my taste.
I mean this book was ok but if I were to describe it to someone, I would say its awkward. Awkward shif ...more
One of the most important things for me personally when it comes to graphic novels is the artwork and in this one I think that it was done really well and suited the style of the story, though it did take me a few pages to get into.
I loved the interwoven stories of modern day America with the more traditional tales of the Monkey King, pairing Chinese myt ...more
I haven't read Boxers or Saints yet, but I plan to. I loved his more recent book, The Shadow Hero.["br"]>
This book is composed of three stories; 1) the tale of the Monkey King, who wants to be more than a monkey, he wants to be a god. 2) The story of Jin Wang and how he struggles with being Asian in a predominantly white school and 3) Danny's story and his relationship with his Chinese cousin Chin-Kee.
It's kind of confusing at first, but all the stories end up being connected. ...more
At first, I found some aspects of Jin's story a bit disjointed, it seemed like (especially in the first couple of pages of his section) the author was trying to tell a lot in a short amount of time, so it felt a bit rushed.
I liked how there were 3 distinct storyli ...more
This simple line struck me in the very beginning of the story. It's so poignant; it's that moment when you realize you're different and you never noticed it before. It reminds me of a child's loss of innocence, when a child realizes that he or she is not the same as others and discovers discrimination, or racism, ...more
I took an Asian American study class last summer,from which I realized it's never been easy for an Asian American to grow up in the United States. He or she may more or less subject to confusion by their looks. However, I learned it as an absolute bysta ...more
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"So what am I supposed to do now?"
"You know, Jin, I would have saved myself from five hundred years' imprisonment beneath a mountain of rock had I only realized how good it is to be a monkey."