American Born ChineseeBook - 2006
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.
A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny's life with his yearly visits. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable. American Born Chinese is an amazing ride, all the way up to the astonishing climax.
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.
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In an action-packed modern fable about the problems young Chinese Americans face when trying to participate in American popular culture, the lives of three apparently unrelated characters--Jin Wang, Monkey King, and Chin-Kee--come together with an unexpected twist. Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award.
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Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.
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The book American Born Chinese is a great book to ready.It has a 3 different stories that all go into one plot.Its very funny,entertaining,and interesting to read.The plot seemed to be confusing but the book has a great way of wrapping all together in one piece.This book relates to many teenagers lives and how they think and how certain people in the world.
I would rate this book a 9 out of 10 this book is really good for any type of audience.It has a funny appeal to it.It relates to a certain crowd of people and even has a little high school humor in it.What i didn’t like about the book was the length i wanted to keep reading,and reading because this really is a very fun book to read.It gives a good lesson also to the people who look a little deep into the book you’ll have to find that lesson by checking it out yourself though.
I recommend this book to everyone out there who loves a good book.This book really does appeal to everyones taste in many ways. If you can try and change this book out whenever you can.
This book sums up three different tales together then combines them in one. All of these different tales have problems with either their friends, their race and their faith. With the Monkey King and the rest. Some change characters and speak of legends that tell there faith and they finally find their reall person and become one.
This is a very touching, and funny comic book. It was actually three stories that were being told. One story was about a Chinese boy who moved to a new home which meant that he had to start a new school and make new friends. But that wasn't so easy fro Jin. Since there were barely any Chinese kids at his new school, people made fun of Jin and not a lot of kids wanted to be his friend. Until two months later when an exchanged student from China came to his class. Jin and Wei-Cheng Sun became best friends. But Jin had to make a choice and that was to either change himself for an american girl that he liked or stay the way he is in order to keep being friends with Wei-Cheng Sun. Another story that was being told was about a boy named Danny. He was a very popular kid. But he had a problem. He is related to a Chinese boy named Chin-Kee who happened to be his cousin.Chin-Kee would always come every year to visit for 2 weeks. During those 2 weeks, he would have to go to school with Danny. Danny would be so embarrassed. Another story was of a Monkey Kinf who has lived thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. But when he attends the party of the immortal god in heaven they told him that there was no space for him. Poor Monkey King.
I really enjoyed this book. It was about a boy, Lin struggling to come to terms with his Chinese heritage while growing up as an American teenager. He endures several stereotypes along the way and often feels tossed between the two worlds, ultimately realizing that he needs not reject either of the two.
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"It's easy to become anything you wish...so long as you're willing to forfeit your soul"
"You know, Jin, I would have saved myself from five hundred years' imprisonment beneath a mountain of rock had I only realized how good it is to be a monkey."
“So little friend, what do you want to become when you grow up?"-- "...Well.. I. I want to be a TRANSFORMER! A Robot in Disguise like this one. He changes into a truck, see? More than meets the eye! But Ma-ma says that's silly; little boys don't grow up to be Transformers."-- "Oh, I wouldn't know about that. I'm going to let you in on a SECRET, little friend. It's easy to become anything you wish.. as long as you're willing to forfeit your soul.”
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