Graphic Novels In Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese

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Graphic novels are known for being short, quick, and easy reads that aren’t “real books”. Despite fitting into this category, Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel, American Born Chinese uses three well developed stories to tackle the negative perception of Asian, and specifically Chinese culture in America. One of the stories chronicles the Chinese folk tale of the Monkey King, a kung-fu master who is loved by those who are ruled by him. However, he is discontent with his status and he wants to be a Deity, but this leads to harsh consequences. This particular third of the book is somewhat bland. The storyline is predictable and it is difficult as a reader to connect with due to how easy it is to dislike the Monkey King’s character and personality. Out of the three stories, this one is definitely the least interesting.…show more content…
One of them focuses on Jin Wang, a first-generation Chinese-American journey to embrace his Chinese identity in a predominantly white school. He becomes friends with Wei-Chen Sun, a Chinese immigrant student who guides Jin’s quest, even though he may not mean it. Jin faces racism, which contributes to his challenges with making friends, having a girlfriend, and in general, just functioning in society as well as his white counterparts. As a first-generation Asian-American in a predominantly white town myself, Jin’s struggles in America strike close to home. For example, when students think that Jin is related to only other Asian student in his school, it shows how American culture typically views people of color. Instead of viewing each individual as their own person, people of the same race, and even people who just share the same skin tone are grouped into one

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