Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese, published in 2006, has won a multitude of awards since. The graphic novel tells the stories of a Monkey King, a second-generation Chinese immigrant struggling to fit in, and a teenager burdened with his stereotypically Chinese cousin, Chin-Kee. With an unexpected twist, the stories seamlessly come together in the end.
American Born Chinese was an easy read; this, however, did not take away from its intricate plot. The stories were not only entertaining but also taught a valuable lesson about staying true to your roots. This is prevalent in today's society since most teenagers are so desperate to fit in, but with comedic relief, American Born Chinese remedies this with its lesson.--Jules Almazar '16
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