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American born Chinese

Author: Gene Luen Yang; Lark Pien
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Graphic novels
Michael L. Printz book award: Winner
Comic books, strips, etc
Juvenile fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gene Luen Yang; Lark Pien
ISBN: 9781596432086 159643208X 9781596431522 1596431520 9781596433731 1596433736
OCLC Number: 63295041
Notes: Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2007.
Awards: National Book Award for Young People's Literature Finalist, 2006.
Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2007.
Description: 233 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Story 1: "All Jin Wing wants is to fit in. When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he's the only Chinese American student at the school. Jocki and his bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends. Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all-American girl." Story 2: "Born to rule over all the monkeys in the world, the story of the Monkey King is one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables. Adored by his subjects, master of the arts of kung-fu, he is the most powerful monkey on Earth. But the Monkey King doesn't want to be a monkey. He wants to be hailed as a god ..." Story 3: "Chin-Kee is the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, and he's ruining his cousin Danny's life. Danny's a basketball player, a popular kid at school, but every year Chin-Kee comes to visit, and every year Danny has to transfer to a new school to escape the shame. This year, though, things quickly go from bad to worse" --
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Responsibility: Gene Luen Yang ; color by Lark Pien.
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Maps the adolescent Chinese-American experience through three separate but interwoven stories. One story centres on Jin Wang, a Chinese-American student at an all-white California high school. Next  Read more...

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Review in 6/12/06 Publisher's WeeklyAs alienated kids go, Jin Wang is fairly run-of-the-mill: he eats lunch by himself in a corner of the school-yard, gets picked on by bullies and jocks and develops Read more...

 
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More powerful than expected

by PoageCenter (WorldCat user published 2010-11-19) Very Good Permalink

Not being a reader of graphic novels, I did not expect much from American born Chinese. Instead, I found myself looking at how a person of another culture twists themselves into being something else in order to fit in. Some characters even wanted to avoid being whom they discovered themselves to be....
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Good GN to start with

by booksonthebeach (WorldCat user published 2008-09-05) Good Permalink

I did it!  I finally read an entire graphic novel!  And I'm still alive to tell about it.  :)

My friend's 12-year-old daughter recommended it to me, so I figured it had to be pretty good.  She knows the whole manga thing confuses me, so she picked a GN that was more...
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