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@Read Book î American Born Chinese ì All Jin Wang wants is to fit in When his family moves to a new neighborhood, 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 girlBorn 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 godChin Kee is the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, and he s ruining his cousin Danny s life Danny s 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 worseThese 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 rise, all the way up to the astonishing climax and confirms what a growing number of readers already know Gene Yang is a major talent This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Reference information Title American Born ChineseAuthor Gene Luen YangPublisher First Second Year 2006 of pages 233 Genre Graphic NovelReading level 6th grade Interest level 15 yrs oldPotential hot lava some racist language, some violenceGeneral response reaction I was surprised at how quickly I finished this graphic novel This book was so easy to read probably because it was a graphic novel When I read the inside flap for the plot of the book, I was surprised to read that there w Reference information Title American Born ChineseAuthor Gene Luen YangPublisher First Second Year 2006 of pages 233 Genre Graphic NovelReading level 6th grade Interest level 15 yrs oldPotential hot lava some racist language, some violenceGeneral response reaction I was surprised at how quickly I finished this graphic novel This book was so easy to read probably because it was a graphic novel When I read the inside flap for the plot of the book, I was surprised to read that there were three different stories going on Then the flap said that all three of those stories would converge and I was eveninterested I enjoyed the stories because it definitely showed the identity crisis that many minorities feel in the United States While many people would like to think that those minority stereotypes disappeared a long time ago, this book was published in 2006 and absolutely shows that those stereotypes still exist Subjects, Themes, and Big Ideas Identity Racism Friendship AcceptanceCharacters The Monkey King He is a king, born in an unorthodox manner, and he wants to be hailed as a deity He practices kung fu and the different ways to become immortal, but in the process, he loses his identity As his punishment, the Monkey King is buried under a rock mountain Jin Wang He was born in American and barely had any friends when he moved from Chinatown in San Francisco to another part of California He soon made friends with a boy from Taiwan and falls for an American girl Eventually, things go bad for Jin and he wishes to be someone else Wei Chen Sun A boy who moved from Taiwan He becomes best friends with Jin Wang and dates the only other Asian in the class, Suzy Nakamura Danny A boy who has transferred to his third high school He finally finds his niche in school by making the basketball team and talking to girls Unfortunately, his crazy cousin, Chin Kee comes to visit and ruins everything However, Danny turns out to be someone else Chin Kee Danny s cousin who comes to visit once a year He draws such attention to himself and embarrasses Danny so much that Danny has to transfer schools Chin Kee turns out to bethan just Danny s cousin.Plot summary The Monkey King wants to be hailed as a deity but the gods will not allow it He then practices different ways to become immortal and when he achieves it, he challenges the Creator himself However, the Creator is not happy with the Monkey King s disrespect and buries the Monkey King under a mountain of rocks for 500 years.Jin Wang is a Chinese American kid who doesn t feel like he fits in anywhere He thinks school is boring until he falls in love with an American girl That relationship doesn t work out and he takes his frustrations out on his other two Asian friends Jin Wang wants to become someone else and he soon gets his wish and transforms into another person.Danny is an American boy who has transferred to three different schools in the past few years The reason for the transfers is because his cousin Chin Kee visits every year and the embarrassment from those visits follow him everywhere Danny finally has enough of the antics and confronts Chin Kee.Although these three stories seem to have nothing in common, they flow together in the end The Monkey King is taken on a quest with a monk to help mankind The Monkey King s son wanted to live among the humans and became best friends with Jin Wang When Jin hurt Wei Chen s feelings, Wei Chen turns his back on serving the humans and decides to live as a human for his own gain Jin transforms into Danny and lives his life in another form When Danny confronts Chin Kee, his cousin fights back and then reveals himself to be the Monkey King Since the Monkey King learned to accept his true form, he tells Danny to accept his true from as Jin Wang The Monkey King explains everything to Jin Then he explains that his son did not want to see him any, so the Monkey King started visiting Jin to always remind him of where he came from and what his culture is.Strengths including reviews and awards It is a different kind of book graphic novel It shows a minority s perspective Winner of the Michael L Printz Award National Book Award finalist Publisher s Weekly Best Book of the Year Booklist Editors Choice BookDrawbacks or other cautions Some people might not know how to read a graphic novel carefullyTeaching ideas Pre reading Journals Identityo How would you describe yourself o How would others describe you o What are the traits that make up your personality o Where are you from o These questions will help the student understand their whole self How to read a graphic novel.o I would want to help them understand that reading a graphic novel is quite different from reading a normal book or even a comic book Some authors are very picky about having their work be called a graphic novel rather than a comic book.o We would discuss the differences between a comic book and a graphic novel.o Just like other works of literature, graphic novels have become movies We could possibly watch and compare movies to the graphic novel.During Reading Journals o Myths What are some myths that you have heard Is this myth monkey king like any other one you ve heard or read about o Stereotypes What are the stereotypes depicted in this book Do you feel that they are accurate How can one fight stereotypes and ridicule o Crazy family members Do you have a crazy family member What makes them embarrass you o Identity Did you ever want to be somebody else Who Why What was the outcome We would discuss all these topics as well if they were comfortable doing so Compare stories with other well known stories o Jin Wang Danny sort of like Peter Parker Spider Mano Monkey King Beowulf I ve never read Beowulf so I m not 100% sure there s a relation here, but maybe there is from the small bit that I ve heard o Monkey King OdysseyPost Reading Create your own graphic novelo Or at least a few pages of a graphic novelo The students can either make their own story or use a well known story and illustrate it Switch dayo Have students switch identities for a day Sort of like Principal for a day only differento See if the students really liked being someone else or if they prefer their old life Family tieso Get to know your crazy family member, maybe there isto them than just crazy Read for my young adult literature class.A unique message and vivid writing I loved how he was able to weave together three stories in such a short story this book is the perfect antidote to the graphic novels aren t real books crowd s poison it takes full advantage of the medium lgm with the local boy scout troops , and just runs with it this story could not have been told as well or as broadly using atraditional narrative structure and at the end, there is a perfect collapse the three storylines streamline so perfectly into one message about cultural acclimatization and race shame and why it is bad but not in a preachy way it i this book is the perfect antidote to the graphic novels aren t real books crowd s poison it takes full advantage of the medium lgm with the local boy scout troops , and just runs with it this story could not have been told as well or as broadly using atraditional narrative structure and at the end, there is a perfect collapse the three storylines streamline so perfectly into one message about cultural acclimatization and race shame and why it is bad but not in a preachy way it is not rah rah asia, it is just quietly, don t be an asshole this is who you are so it doesn t exclude roundeye from appreciating the message, like me at chinese new year at my ex s I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SAYING ABOUT ME, GRANDMA TSUI so the stories include the traditional tale of the monkey king a very tasteful depiction of a chinese gentleman come to america and this cute young chinese american boy with a perm that s what the art looks like and if i didn t have to read this for class, i would have missed out on it, because it is not the kind of art i am immediately drawn to me and art, we don t understand each other museums leave me cold, and with graphic novels, i am always drawn to certain ones and repulsed by others with not one whit of rhyme nor reason nor consistency i am the worst at art appreciation but i am the queen of making thanksgiving dinner and writing drunken book reviews and white trash fixing of silverware drawers recognize but yeah, a totally charming book i have no personal immigrant experience from which to draw as a way of relating to ths story, but it works on any level of appreciate thyself and don t wear shoes just because the humans are doing it kind of thing.where did that wine go read for my ethnic american minority lit class, so no rating but, i really liked how the three storylines wove together and the overall message this carried