American Born Chinese Overview

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Overview of the three stories that are included in the fantastic graphic novel by Gene Yang, winner of the 2007 Printz Award.

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American Born Chinese Overview

  1. 1. American Born Chinese<br /> by Gene Yang<br />Three Alternating Stories:<br />Monkey King, a hero of Chinese folk tales<br />Jin Wang, an Asian-American boy who attends an all-white school <br />Chin-Kee, an embodiment of all negative Chinese Stereotypes<br />
  2. 2. American Born Chinese<br />First graphic novel to win the Printz Award<br />Finalist for the National Book Award<br />
  3. 3. American Born Chineseby Gene Luen Yang<br /><ul><li>Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?
  4. 4. Have you ever wished you were more like someone else?
  5. 5. The three characters and stories in American Born Chinese are woven to tell a story that not only explores cultural stereotypes and race they also explore and challenge our own ideas about our own identity and self-acceptance.</li></li></ul><li>What is it like to move to a new place and try to fit in? <br />What if that place was another country or a place where people thought you were “different” or “weird”? How would that make you feel?<br />
  6. 6. 3 Stories <br />A<br />B<br />C<br />“All Jin Wang wants is to fit in…”<br />“Born to rule over all the monkeys in the world, the story of the Monkey King…”<br />“Chin-Kee is the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype…”<br />
  7. 7. Jin-Wang<br />p. 30<br />Understanding Why Jin Felt Alienated at School “Anti-Chinese Agitation” http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/collections/chinese/history4.html<br />
  8. 8. Monkey King Legend<br />“I've been a fan of the Monkey King since I was a wee lad, listening to my mother tell me his stories at bedtime. Monkey Kingdom is an homage to my favorite fictional character.” Gene Yang<br />Read about the Monkey Kingdom:http://www.humblecomics.com/monkey/<br /><ul><li>“The Story of Monkey King,” Chinese Legends, http://www.wku.edu/~yuanh/China/tales/monkey.html</li></li></ul><li>Monkey stuff is all over the Net. You just gotta know where to look.<br />China On Site's Journey to the West Galleryhttp://www.china-on-site.com/literatu/classic/west/This site pairs a summary of Journey to the West with incredible Chinese paintings. <br />The Monkey King's Entry in the International Catalogue of Superheroeshttp://www.internationalhero.co.uk/m/monkey.htmNice to see the Monkey King get some nice props on this site, which mostly focuses on American and British comic book heroes.<br />Monkey - Great Sage equal of Heaven (Monkey Magic!)http://www.greatsage.netHere's a great fan site that focuses on the classic TV show. It's got summaries of every episode of both series. Very detailed.<br />
  9. 9. http://www.humblecomics.com/monkey/mkchar.html<br />
  10. 10. Chin-Kee<br />Does acknowledging a stereotype perpetuate it?<br />Read Gene Yang’s response:<br />http://firstsecondbooks.typepad.com/mainblog/2007/05/gene_yang_on_st.html<br />
  11. 11. Bibliography<br /><ul><li>First Second - Creators - Gene Yang Blog, http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/authors/geneYangBlogMain.html
  12. 12. Humble Comics, Gene Yang’s Website: http://www.geneyang.com/
  13. 13. Interview: Sire, Hillary, Community Relations Manager, Barnes & Noble. Telephone Interview. January 2008.
  14. 14. UXL Graphic Novelists. Tom Pendergast and Sara Pendergast. Sarah Hermsen, ed., 2007, Gale Virtual Reference Library.</li>

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