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Johnny Hiro by Fred Chao
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Dec 01, 12

bookshelves: asian, comics, first-reads, books-i-own, poc
Read on December 01, 2012

I wanted to be more excited about this book than I was. I guess, based on the subtitle, I expected it to deal more with race than it actually did (basically not at all). On the other hand, I guess it's a good thing to have a comic starring a mixed-race Asian character who just is, without it being a big deal. Overall, the story was pretty entertaining, with some laugh-out-loud moments. Also, I liked Mayumi--although in some ways she fit into "Japanese girlfriend" stereotypes, I thought Chao successfully played with those stereotypes while at the same time creating a character with humor and agency.

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