Dec 012010

 American Born Chinese is an award-winning graphic novel by Gene Yuan Yang with three storylines: one about an ABC boy who moves from San Francisco to an area where he is virtually the only Asian; another about an American teenager tries to distance himself from a distant cousin who is a grotesque Asian caricature. The third story is a retelling of the legend of the Monkey King. Journey to the West is one of the four classic novels, so American Born Chinese is an interesting exposure to that. There are also bits of Chinese in the text, as you can see in both the downloadable wallpapers.

Teachers can find a lesson plan for the book provided by the publisher.

I found the book very clever, wonderfully drawn, and funny in a rather painful way. I would recommend it for ages 12 and up.

American Born Chinese at Amazon.

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