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Jin Yang is a Chinese-American high school student trying to fit in. Danny's embarrassing, Chinese cousin Chin-Kee is coming to visit once more. The Monkey King is trying to become accepted by the gods. Through out American born Chinese, these three seemingly unrelated stories weave together.

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All Jin Wang wants is to fit in. When his family moves to a new neighbordhood, he suddenly finds that he's the only Chinese-American student at his school. Jocks and 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...

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...

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...

These three apparently unrelated tales come together with an unexpected twist, in a modern fable that is hilarious, poignant, and action-packed, American Born Chinese, is an amazing ride, all the way up to the astonishing climax --- and confirms what a growing number of readers already know: Gene Yang is a major talent.

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GN Review -- American Born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang 0

Originally published on my blog, The Comics Cove, not too long ago...Haven't we all, at some point, wished we were someone or something other than what we are? To fit in with the "in crowd", to be popular, to have super powers or be super athletic and/or smart? It can be difficult to deal with the fact that we're often unable to change the hand we're dealt, genetically or otherwise, and that frustration is explored as a major theme in Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel, American Born Chinese.In Amer...

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