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American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang
Illustrator Gene Luen Yang

Square Fish | December 23, 2008 | Trade Paperback

American Born Chinese is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.

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 and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.21 × 5.5 × 0.47 in

Published: December 23, 2008

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312384483

ISBN - 13: 9780312384487

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Reviews

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

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American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang
Illustrator Gene Luen Yang

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.21 × 5.5 × 0.47 in

Published: December 23, 2008

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312384483

ISBN - 13: 9780312384487

From the Publisher

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 and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

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, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he teaches high school.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17