Here is a short booktalk about a very unique graphic novel that earned a lot of accolades for Gene Luen Yang. American Born Chinese weaves together realistic and fantastic storylines, and it will make readers aware of Chinese ethnicity and heritage in very unusual ways.
What does it mean to be Chinese? Does it mean having slanted eyes? Does it mean having a name your teacher can’t pronounce, or having dumplings in your lunchbox instead of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Does it mean you’re smarter than everyone else in class? Does it mean you’re naturally skilled in martial arts? Does it mean you have a personal connection to the Chinese fable of the Monkey King?
All of these things are possible. American Born Chinese is a graphic novel that tells three different stories about what it means to be Chinese, what it means to be American, and learning to accept your true identity.