28 October 2007

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

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Gene Yang is my new idol. Never before have I read anything that comes this close in explaining the "growing up Western Chinese" experience (although Adrian Tomine is usually on point).

Three stories make up the comic book:
Jin is a geeky Chinese boy who wants to be like the white kids in school.
The Monkey King is a stubborn deity who thinks he's larger than life.
Chin-Kee is a buck-toothed Chinaman stereotype who drives his white cousin crazy.

Read some.

Go get it.

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