American Born ChineseBook - 2006
YA GRAPH YANG, G.
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This book sums up three different tales together then combines them in one. All of these different tales have problems with either their friends, their race and their faith. With the Monkey King and the rest. Some change characters and speak of legends that tell there faith and they finally find their reall person and become one.
This is a very touching, and funny comic book. It was actually three stories that were being told. One story was about a Chinese boy who moved to a new home which meant that he had to start a new school and make new friends. But that wasn't so easy fro Jin. Since there were barely any Chinese kids at his new school, people made fun of Jin and not a lot of kids wanted to be his friend. Until two months later when an exchanged student from China came to his class. Jin and Wei-Cheng Sun became best friends. But Jin had to make a choice and that was to either change himself for an american girl that he liked or stay the way he is in order to keep being friends with Wei-Cheng Sun. Another story that was being told was about a boy named Danny. He was a very popular kid. But he had a problem. He is related to a Chinese boy named Chin-Kee who happened to be his cousin.Chin-Kee would always come every year to visit for 2 weeks. During those 2 weeks, he would have to go to school with Danny. Danny would be so embarrassed. Another story was of a Monkey Kinf who has lived thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. But when he attends the party of the immortal god in heaven they told him that there was no space for him. Poor Monkey King.
I really enjoyed this book. It was about a boy, Lin struggling to come to terms with his Chinese heritage while growing up as an American teenager. He endures several stereotypes along the way and often feels tossed between the two worlds, ultimately realizing that he needs not reject either of the two.
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"It's easy to become anything you wish...so long as you're willing to forfeit your soul"
"You know, Jin, I would have saved myself from five hundred years' imprisonment beneath a mountain of rock had I only realized how good it is to be a monkey."
“So little friend, what do you want to become when you grow up?"-- "...Well.. I. I want to be a TRANSFORMER! A Robot in Disguise like this one. He changes into a truck, see? More than meets the eye! But Ma-ma says that's silly; little boys don't grow up to be Transformers."-- "Oh, I wouldn't know about that. I'm going to let you in on a SECRET, little friend. It's easy to become anything you wish.. as long as you're willing to forfeit your soul.”
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