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American Born Chinese by [Gene Luen Yang]

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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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Starred Review. Grade 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 Franciscos 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. Yangs crisp line drawings, linear panel arrangement, and muted colors provide a strong visual complement to the textual narrative. Like Toni Morrisons The Bluest Eye and Laurence Yeps 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. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07BZP5131
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ First Second; 1st edition (September 6, 2006)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 6, 2006
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 259599 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great message, with really cool illustrations!
By Brandi VHook on November 2, 2018
I bought this for my 7th grade daughter, who is 12. Her teacher requested this book for class. I opened it to get an idea of what it's about, and was pleasantly, surprised by these really cool illustrations. I wasn't expecting them, because most of the books she's had to read are chapter books, with no illustrations. I think this will be a fun read, an inspiring read, and a nice change for this age. It looks like it will keep their attention, and I'll be excited to hear all about it. I may even read it myself when she's done, because I think it gives an important message.

I wanted to post some pictures of the book, because I always look for pictures when reading reviews, and since I wasn't expecting these creative pictures, I thought it might be a surprise for some others. I think the message this book has will be an important one, and would be worth getting if you have a young reader. Or any age from middle school, on up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful journey of self acceptance.
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