American Born Chinese

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Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.

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  • One of the best

    5 out of 5

    Written by , Posted on at 11:47:44 AM

    Three seemingly different characters, three different storylines, but one idea that brings them all together into one tale. The first character that we meet is the Monkey King who wishes to be a god, but finds that sometimes the best way to get to the top of the pile is to be at the bottom. Jin Wang is a lonely Asian American middle school student, who only wants to fit in with his white classmates. But what will he be willing to give up to make this happen? Lastly we meet Danny, a typical American teen, who is so horrified by his Chinese Cousin Chin-Kee (a painful, but necessary stereotype for this tale) that he is forced to change schools after Chin-Kee leaves. And then...the characters lives begin to interweave together in a way that in the beginning we would have never imagined. Gene successfully weaves together three distinct tales and surprises us in the end with how they work together. And along the way he shatters some rather painful stereotypes and helps us understand that there are hidden depths to everyone, regardless of how well they "fit in" with the cultural norm...and that self-acceptance is more important than fitting in. The characters are easy to recognize and relate to, because who among us hasn't felt lost at some point at being the new person--whether at school, sports team, church, work or even just in a the down home restaurant where no one knows your name. The panels are centered in the middle of the page, with clean white space surrounding them, which helps the reader focus on what matters...connecting with the characters. Outside of Chin-Kee, you can easily imagine all of the characters sitting next to you--whether at school, on the bus, at work, or on the sports field. I'd recommend this book to anyone, because we've all had trouble fitting in somewhere at some point, and while this book won't solve all of the problems...it may just make you feel a bit better about yourself.