American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese, a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, comprises three stories featuring Jin, the only Chinese-American at his school, the fabled Monkey King, and Chin-kee, the horrible Chinese cousin. The three threads are woven together near the end in an “aha moment” that made me immediately go back and reread several sections. Exposing stereotypes, teenage angst, relationships: it’s all in Yang’s Michael L. Printz Award-winning book.

On his blog, Yang refers to this article about using graphic novels in the classroom.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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3 Responses to American Born Chinese

  1. Hello, this is my first visit here. It’s nice to read recommendations like this. American Born Chinese sounds like a novel I might like. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Pingback: The Shadow Hero | An Education in Books Blog

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