American Born Chinese

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The book American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is a book that shows that you are who you are; you can’t be liked by everyone. The Monkey King, Danny, and Jin all had to deal with this problem of trying to act cool or trying to change their self and who they are, just to fit in. First story is Jin Wang son of the Chinese, who wants to fit in. He wants to date a blond girl, so he decides to perm his hair. He wants, and how far Jin could take it is, is part of the first part of the story. The second storyline tales of the Monkey King. The Monkey King did everything he could in his power to become a Great Sage. Everything was going good, until he was told by Tze-Yo-Tzuh that he was a monkey. So he tries to get away from his prison. The third storyline plays with a kid named Danny and his cousin Chin-Kee. Chin-Kee is a bad Chinese stereotype ever, into one person.

Yang brings all kinds of things that relate to the idea of wanting to become someone or something you're not. Jin Wang, he's just a little kid playing with a Transformer. Jin Wang loves Transformers so much that he wants to be one when he grows up. I think Yang understands what a Transformer was. It changed from one thing to another in the situation. I can see Jin and his Chinese-American friends went together on Saturday mornings with their Transformers to watch the TV show of the same name and then act it out.

In the end of this book, it’s all about race, racism, and trying to fit in. They all have something to say about being different and coming to one's identity. The story continues until it becomes clear that the three different stories became into a one narrative.
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