Tuesday, March 2, 2010
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
This graphic novel tells three connected stories. One story is about the Monkey King who wants to join the other gods in heaven. In another story Jin Wang is the only Chinese-American student in his school. When another Asian boy arrives Jin doesn't want to be associated with him. In the third story, Danny is an all-American boy but he has an obnoxious Chinese cousin who comes to visit once a year. After Chin-Kee visits each year Danny has to transfer to a new school to rebuild his reputation. All three characters just want to fit in but they all connected in ways they never would have expected.