American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang is a great comic-book artist, and I’ve wanted to read his books for a long time, but couldn’t find time because of all the novels I’ve been reading. Thanks to American Born Chinese, I will also read comics from now on. I’ve already filled my bookshelf with dozens of comic-books, but if you have any suggestions, please share!


American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese is a comic-book with three great stories. The good thing is that these three stories are connected at the end. This is a comic book that I believe everyone will enjoy reading from seven to seventy, and believe me it is addictive. It may be educational for children and can be quite entertaining for adults too.

American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese

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 to 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.

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang is an American cartoonist. He is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of graphic novels and comics, at comic book conventions and universities, schools, and libraries. In addition, he was the Director of Information Services and taught computer science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California.

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