American Born Chinese


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A tour-de-force by rising indie comics star Yang, "American Born Chinese" tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters whose lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable.

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Nov 14, 2011

Excellent read!!!

This graphic novel is cleverly conceived and thoroughly engaging. It is essentially about the split in personal identity experienced by a young American-born Chinese, Jin Wang (perhaps a pseudonym for the author?) who both loathes his Chinese identity and desires to be something he is not, white. Woven in with his storyline is the ancient Chinese legend of the Monkey King, essentially the embodiment of Jin's desire and loathing. All throughout, Yang manages to weave in motifs of his Christian faith, but he does so non-intrusively. Kudos to Yang for a great work of fiction which will inspire its readers.

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