American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Winner of the 2007 Printz Award—an American Library Association award given to the best young adult literature of the year— and a National Book Award Finalist, Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese is utterly stunning. His exploration of Asian American identity blends three wildly divergent plotlines: a Chinese legend of the Monkey King –
A realistic story of a young Asian American boy struggling to make friends and find acceptance in school –
And a third story about an American boy painfully ashamed of his Chinese cousin, a cousin who embodies all the worst stereotypes imaginable –
The stories are engrossing, and the way that they are deftly brought together is seamless and remarkable. The artwork is clean and deceptively simple, effectively drawing attention to the important issues Yang raises. This book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking graphic novels, such as Maus or Persepolis, and a great book for all of us struggling to find our places in the world.