American Born Chinese, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (54 ratings)


This is a tour-de-force new work by rising indie comics star Gene Yang. "American Born Chinese" 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.

Jin is plagued by jocks and bullies, so when another Chinese student transfers to the school, Jin wants nothing to do with him.

Next is a comic update of the legendary story of the Monkey King, an ancient Chinese morality tale.

Finally, there's the gross and surreal stereotype of Chin-Kee, the ultimate negative Chinese cliche, complete with a sitcom-style "laugh track".

These three apparently unrelated tales come together in an astonishing climax - all with a mighty blast of humour, surprising poignancy and skilled artistry.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Comic strip fiction / graphic novels
  • ISBN: 9781596431522



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Three different stories - one about a monkey king, the next about a Chinese American who doesn't fit in at school, and the third about a kid who is embarassed by his stereotypical Chinese cousin who comes to visit him every year - all come together at the end of this enjoyable graphic novel.

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Prerequisite reading would be "The Journey To The West/Monkey" by Wu Ch'Eng-En.

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A great story! The action plays out better than a cartoon and the three stories weave together perfectly to compliment the beautifully drawn frames. I look forward to more from this author.A

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Three separate stories intertwine in the story of Jin learning to accept who he is. Written in a graphic form in alternating chapters of three stories combining Chinese folklore and a Chinese-American student in his middle school years.

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A powerful graphic novel, this award winning book explores issues such as friendship and stereotypes. Told as three intersecting stories, the fast paced novel provides a unique perspective on life as an "American Born Chinese". I hope this wonderful graphic novel encourages others to use sequential art for this type of quality storytelling for young adults.

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