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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
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May 02, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: coming-of-age, graphic-novel, fiction, lis-722, illustrations, magical-realism, male-protagonist, relationships, ya-lit, mythology, chinese-americans
Read in January, 2012

American Born Chinese is a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang. The book has three main story plots, each following different characters. Jin Wang is a Chinese American boy who tries desperately to fit in with his white classmates. The Monkey King is a great deity who struggles with deities stronger than him. Danny is a white boy who is dealing with his embarrassing, stereotypical Chinese cousin. The graphic novel uses very simple, black and white pictures that do an amazing job of catching the tone of the book. While not without jokes, the book takes a hard look at stereotypes that are still prevalent for Chinese Americans. The book also does a great job of weaving the story together. Recommended for readers ages 12 and up.

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