American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang

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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312384487
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 12/23/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 8,955
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: GN530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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.

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American Born Chinese


By Gene Luen Yang

Roaring Brook Press

Copyright © 2006 Gene Yang
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-59643-152-2



CHAPTER 1

ONE BRIGHT ANS STARRY NIGHT, THE GODS, THE GODDESSES, THE DEMONS AND THE SPIRITS GATHERED IN HEAVEN FOR A DINNER PARTY.

YOUR PEACHES ARE LOOKING ESPECIALLY PLUMP TODAY, MY DEAR!

TEE HEE! OH STOP IT, LAO-TZU!

I DON'T MEAN TO BOAST, BUT THAT THUNDERSTORM I PUT TOGETHER LAST NIGHT IMPRESSED EVEN MYSELF!

THEIR MUSIC AND THE SCENT OF THEIR WINE DRIFTED DOWN ...

... DOWN ...

... DOWN ...

... TO FLOWER-FRUIT MOUNTAIN ...

... WHERE FLOWERS BLOOMED ROUND ...

... AND FRUITS HUNG HEAVY NECTAR ...

... AND MONKEYS PROLICKED UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE MAGICAL MONKEY KING.

NOW THE MONKEY KING WAS A DEITY IN HIS OWN RIGHT.

LEGEND HAD IT THAT LONG AGO, LONG BEFORE ALMOST ANY MONKEY COULD REMEMBER, THE MONKEY KING WAS BORN OF A ROCK.

WHEN HIS EYES FIRST OPENDED, THEY FLAGHED RAYS OF LIGHT DEEP INTO THE SKY.

ALL OF HEAVEN TOOK NOTICE.

WHAT THE-?

SOON AFTER, HE PURGED FLOWER-FRUIT MOUNTAIN OF THE TIGER-SPIRIT THAT HAD HAUNTED IT FOR CENTURIES.

HE ESTABLISHED HIS KINGDOM AND MONKEYS FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE WORLD FLOCKED TO HIM.


THE MONKEY KING RULED WITH A FIRM BUT GENTLE HAND.

PLAY NICE.

HE SPEND HIS DAYS STUDYING THE ARTS OF KUNG-FU. JE QUICKLY MASTERED THOUSANDS OF MINOR DISCIPLINES AS WELL AS THE FOUR MAJOR HEAVENLY DISCIPLINES, PREREQUISITES TO IMMORTALITY.

DISCIPLINE ONE: FIRST-LIKE-LIGHTNING

DISCIPLINE TWO: THUNDEROUS FOOT

DISCIPLINE THREE: HEAVENLY SENSES

A DINNER PARTY!

THE MONKEY KING LIKED DINNER PARTIES VERY MUCH.

MY DEAR SUBJECTS, I MUST TAKE LEAVE OF YOU TONIGHT FOR THERE IS A VERY IMPORTANT PARTY I MUST ATTEND.

DISCIPLINE FOUR: COULD-AS-STEED

THE MONKEY KING WAITED IN LINE FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE AN ETERNITY.

HE FIDGETED THIS WAY AND THAT (MONKEYS JUST AREN'T VERY GOOD AT WAITING) BUT FORCED HIMSELF TO STAY IN LINE.

ALL THE WHILE HE THOUGHT ABOUT HOW MUCH HE LIKED DINNER PARTIES.


BY THE TIME THE MONKEY KING ARRIVED AT THE FRONT GATE. HE WAS BESIDE HIMSELF WITH ANTICIPATION.

ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF AO-JUN. THE DRAGON KING OF THE WESTERN SEA!

"AHEM" PARDON ME SIR, BUT MIGHT YOU STEP THIS WAY FOR A MOMENT?

OH, I'M SORRY.


YOU MAY ANNOUNCE THAT I AM THE MONKEY KING OF FLOWER-FRUIT MOUNTAIN!

YES, YES, I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY SIR, BUT I CANNOT LEY YOU IN.


YOU HAVEN'T ANY SHOES.

BUT THERE MUST BE SOME MISTAKE! I AM THE SOVEREIGN RULER OF FLOWER-FRUIT MOUNTAIN, WHERE THE FLOWERS BLOOM YEAR ROUND AND THE FRUITS HANG HEAVY WITH NECTAR!

THOUSANDS OF SUBJECTS PLEDGE LOYALTY TO ME.

I, TOO. AM A DEITY! I AM A COMMITTED DISCIPLINE OF THE ARTS OF KUNG-FU AND I HAVE MASTERED THE FOUR MAJOR HEAVENLY DISCIPLINES, PREREQUISITES TO IMMORTALITY!


(Continues...)

Excerpted from American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Copyright © 2006 Gene Yang. Excerpted by permission of Roaring Brook Press.
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American Born Chinese 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book starts out as a mythological story then envelops into a new era , bringing in the other characters of the book, showing how the main characters all have something in common. This books shows that being yourself is always something to consider, but if you dont read the book you will not understand what I am trying to say. GREAT BOOK and GREAT MEANING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel is much more than it may seem- simply just a graphic novel. While on the surface it is an interesting tale about a boy that doesn't fit in, underneath the surface there lies a whole world of myth and legend, individuality, cultural and self acceptance. An absolute must read.
Charlc_and-theseBooks More than 1 year ago
There's more than meets the eye. It's so good! I don't even like comics like that, but I'm black, yet I relate to Jin in a lot of ways! Almost every team desperately wants to fit in all the time. Everything he went through in adolescence is relatable and sweet . I love how it ties together at the end! Three stories later intertwine! It's such a good read, I did a book report on it for school and I'm so glad I read it .
Ivy Lo More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, "American Born Chinese" was a great graphic novel and I would recommend this book to others. The story had a developed plot that moved quickly, which kept me hooked. The first story is about the monkey king, a story my parents told me of when I was younger. It also teaches a important lesson, to never lose the trust of a friend. And it the author also added a interesting plot twist to the two stories at the end of the book which I really liked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes me feel like it is okay being myself. This book can also teach the reader a good lesson that can carry you through life. My favorite part of the book is how the author talks about two stories at once that have the same style. My least favorite part of the book is the characters get into a fight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talks about a myth in China about Monkey King and how he doesn't want to be himself. He tries to copy humans and wear shoes. Same for Jin-Wang who is a boy who want to be a All American Boy. He wants to copy a classmate and be him. His hair changes over time and made a new himself. He calls himself Danny. Danny his new form was a popular guy until his cousin Chin-Kee comes every year to embarrass him. He change school ever year because of him. Danny one day found out Chin-Kee was the Monkey King and tells him to be your true-form, himself Jin-Wang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of the reviews I've seen so far here deal with mostly the external parts of the book and not the endlessly more fascinating hidden undertones of the story. You have to think way beyond the storyline to find most of the literary "gold" of the story. A lot of the story deals with how the rejection of any part of one's identity can affect someone. And Chin-Kee, in my opinion, wasn't so much supposed to be comic relief- he was more of the embodiment of every Asian American stereotype that Jin hates. And you should pay close attention to the pictures, as they give a lot of information not given by the dialogue. In general, it made me think and was an insightful and creative peek into how being the "model minority" doesn't necessarily mean that they is no racism or mean stereotypes
Cambear More than 1 year ago
The novel starts out with several different threads and eventually weaves them together with a strong statement about acculturation, assimilalation, immigration and repression. Lots of major themes explored effectively and effeciently with the expressive (and sometimes adorable) artwork. There aren't a lot of stories about the Asian immigration experience so any story, especially one so creative and articulate, is an important piece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A monkey and a boy share one common goal, to fit in. Another boy who has everything gets his social life destroyed every year by his FOB cousin. In American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang which has won numerous awards including but not limited to Npr Holiday Pick, Publishers Weekly Comics Week Best Comic of the Year, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. The New York Times book review says that, “it is a youthful tale with something new to say about American youth.” The monkey king thinks he should be a god so he goes to the goods party and is kicked out. He gets mad so he learns how to shape shift but is punished for changing his form. The head god traps him for 500 years under rocks. He is waiting under the rocks for someone to come save him but he doesn’t realize that he can get out easily if he wasn’t so selfish. When the Chinese boy gets to America he is out casted by his peers. In the turmoil he finds a friend, someone who is in his same situation. They go through everything together thick and thin. The all American boy Danny who has the bad cousin is always getting embarrassed by him at every school, he has to move away every year after his cousin comes. He despises his cousin or even hates him everything he does he hates but he doesn’t know his inner most dark secret. I think this is a very good read for young adults aka highschoolers/middleschoolers it is an easy read with a great lesson for any one no matter whom you are it can always relate to the person reading. The biggest theme in the book is that one must be themselves, they must not change their inner most being for the sake of someone or peoples opinion. For example in the book when the monkey king wants to be a god he shape shifts into the form of a human, which is quite literally being something you are not, because of this mistake he is punished mercilessly by Tze-Yo-Tzuh and imprisoned under a mountain. Another example is when Jin Wang tries to be an American instead of Chinese his life is good at first just like the monkey but soon everything falls apart. This book is extremely good for many other reasons besides the theme, one of these reasons is that it is very funny. An example of this is when Chin-Kee (Danny’s cousin) goes pee in one of his friend’s cokes or when he comes to school eating dog and talking in a ridiculously thick chinese accent. Another example is when Jin Wang is playing with a kid from school and they pretend to be Jewish and put bras on their head and use them as Yamahas. This book American Born Chinese is a somewhat recent book published in 2006. This means it focuses on actual problems that this generation have with being unique, because of this it is one of my favorite books I’ve read in a long time and surprisingly one of the shortest. Will the monkey king ever change his ways? Will Danny ever accept his cousin? Will Jin Wang ever get his wish about being American, find this out and more by reading American Born Chinese, a great book for young readers and a great message for any one.
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
Gene Luen Yang’s graphic narrative combines elements of autobiography, Chinese mythology, and magical realism to create a tale of “othered” youth to which any young adult or adult who has ever struggled with the dilemma of assimilation should be able to relate. Yang adds ample doses of snarky humor to his intricately woven narrative, which seems to develop along three distinct strands. The narrative opens with the tale of the Monkey King, a Chinese mythological figure who feels slighted by the more powerful gods and resolves to prove his power and might. Next we meet Jin, the American-born Chinese of the title. We follow Jin’s tale through middle school as he endeavors to identify as a member of “mainstream” American youth by avoiding fellow Asian students, adopting an “American” hairstyle, and dating a Caucasian girl in his class. The final narrative strand focuses on Danny, a white American teenager who is bedeviled by annual visits from his Chinese cousin Chin-Kee, who behaves in stereotypically boorish ways and alienates Danny from his peers. Yang ultimately conjoins the three strands in a way that highlights the complexities of ethnic identity—and Identity in general—that confront American youth, especially those who are visibly “other.” Yang’s skill in highlighting this issue in metaphorically powerful ways is quite effective and should lead to some difficult but important questions from both young adult and adult readers.
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lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
American Born Chinese consists of three tandem narratives. A second generation immigrant and the only Chinese-American student at his new school in a predominantly white area, Jin Wang just wants to be a typical American boy. The immortal Monkey King is a proud kung fu master who is trying to become more than just a monkey. And all-American Danny is embarrassed by his Chinese cousin Chin-Kee, who puts every Chinese stereotype into loud, off-putting action. As I read along, I wondered what, if anything, these storylines had to do with each other. Were they merely different perspectives on common themes, since all three addressed issues such as racism and intolerance? When the connections between these three narratives were revealed: wow! I was stunned. An entirely new and profound layer of understanding opened up for me. I loved the artwork and the message of this one. Though aimed at grades 7 and up, it's a great selection for adults as well. It's an incredibly fast read, so it would be a nice pick for a read-a-thon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, art, characters etc! Didn't want to end!
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This book was utterly amazing, being a color graphic novel was exceptional. While I was reading it I couldn't help but laugh, when I found myself finished with it I was pretty upset. The characters are all very well thought out and I love all of them. So please read this book if you're looking for not only a funny read but a quick one too.
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What the jell!
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G.L.Y .youve done it agian.
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It had so much action and different stuff and more stuff. It goes from this to that, back this, back to that, then it combines all together in the end.
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