American Born Chinese by Gene Luen YangAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese

byGene Luen YangIllustratorGene Luen Yang

Paperback | December 23, 2008

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Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Jin Wang starts at a new school where he's the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn't want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he's in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee's annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny's reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He's ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there's no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They're going to have to find a way-if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.

American Born Chinese is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring, a 2007 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a New York Times bestseller.

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Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry grant, for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan's Kingdom (with art by Derek Kirk Kim), The Rosary Comic Book, ...
Title:American Born ChineseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.26 × 5.64 × 0.57 inPublished:December 23, 2008Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312384483

ISBN - 13:9780312384487

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is a really great view into the life of a third culture kid. The stories feel real, and I enjoyed the artwork.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it Not the biggest graphic novel fan, however this book was phenomenal!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Story Funny, but some parts were a little too crude for my liking. I still enjoyed it nonetheless because it was creative and interesting. I like how the "'conflict" in this story is presented.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even if you don't like graphic novels.. I liked this one because everything that happens in the book ties together in the end.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from emotional, unique and creative I'm usually not a big fan of graphic novels but this one just stole my heart. This author is so talented
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from creative this book surprised me at how much I loved it. I read it for my University english class
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poignant I sat down and read this graphic novel in one sitting this morning. I found the Chin-Kee portions to be uncomfortable. The art style he was illustrated in juxtaposed with the art style of the other characters made the experience even more uncomfortable. I enjoy that level of detail in a graphic novelist - using the art to maximize emotional response. I loved the parts about the Monkey King and what he says to Jin on pg 223 was fantastic! I will definitely seek out the other titles, "Saints" and "Boxers", by Gene Luen Yang.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy I thought this book was HILARIOUS! Probably not everyone's first reaction but the over exaggeration of asian stereotypes (i'm not sure if that's the right way to put it) was done so well i LOVED it! Not to say if you're asian this will offend you; i'm chinese and thought it was so perfect! If you read it, pay attention to chin kee's luggage. Perfect. Other that that, boy was this story a rollercoaster! I thought it was so fun! Highly recommmend + there's great life lessons like learning to accept yourself
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute must read! Gene Luen Yang does an outstanding job of exploring identity, cultural identity, self-worth and being true to yourself. I feel that this graphic novel is a necessary read for teens within the target age range, but also for anyone (including adults) who have ever felt racially/culturally 'other'-ed. The art style is very good and has bold and vibrant coloring. The panels and full page spreads are very well done and add an extra boost to the story.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read this! you won't regret reading this graphic novel that masterfully deals with the unsteadiness of growing up, embracing stereotypes, and finding oneself through heritage and mythology. BONUS: its hilarious beyond compare!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Epic "Wow! lol"... this was my reaction through most of the comic as I read it. It starts off with three different stories, but something amazing happens- and to find out- you must read it as well. It contains some hilarious subtleties (some which only guys might understand), and yet acts as a good 'moral story' for youth of any age. Really cool stuff...
Date published: 2009-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for anyone who's ever questioned themselves A great comic that explores identity, spirituality, and finding out what matters.
Date published: 2008-01-20

Editorial Reviews

"Gene Luen Yang has created that rare article: a youthful tale with something new to say about American youth." -New York Times Book Review"Like Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Laurence Yep's 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." -School Library Journal, Starred Review". . . brilliantly written and designed, sophisticated and wise." -The Miami Herald". . . one of the most powerful and entertaining works of literature to be published this year . . ." -The San Francisco Chronicle"Yang accomplishes the remarkable feat of practicing what he preaches with this book: accept who you are and you'll already have reached out to others." -Publishers Weekly"Kids fighting an uphill battle to convince parents and teachers of the literary merit of graphic novels will do well to share this title." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Each of the characters is flawed but familiar, and, in a clever postmodern twist, all share a deep, unforeseen connection. Yang helps the humor shine by using his art to exaggerate or oppose the words, creating a synthesis that marks an accomplished graphic storyteller. The stories have a simple, engaging sweep to them, but their weighty subjects--shame, racism, and friendship--receive thoughtful, powerful examination." -Booklist"This graphic novel could be especially cathartic for teens and adults of Asian descent, but people of any ethnicity would find themselves reflected in the universal themes of self-acceptance, peer pressure, and racial tensions." -Voice of Youth Advocates