• Graphic

American born Chinese

by Yang, Gene Luen.

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Where To Find It

Call number: Adult Graphic Novel / Yang, Gene Luen, Teen Graphic Novel / Yang, Gene Luen, R Printz Award 2007

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 1st Floor, Malletts Adult, Malletts Teen, Pittsfield Adult, Pittsfield Teen, Traverwood Adult

Additional Details

Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.

Community Reviews


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Lyrical Graphic Novel

This graphic novel for YA or older teens is about growing up in the US as the child of Chinese immigrants. Racism, teen love, self-hatred, Transformers, Chinese mythology....all are rendered in wonderful illustrations. This won a bunch of YA awards a few years ago, and is still very good. I don't think younger kids would understand some parts about the self-loathing racism, so would recommend it for 12+.

Right on

This is a great book. Really. We need more books written about the struggles of children who grow up as a part of their schools' minorities, and how they are forced to balance their two cultures (the culture their ethnic background has decided for them and the American culture that they are being raised in) simultaneously as they are coming of age. I also really love the courage, strength, and determination Yang instills into young readers with the mythological stories told throughout novel. The layers of stories throughout the book can also be taken abstractly as metaphors for how Asian-Americans are forced to layer on multiple identities in today's world.


This book was a bit confusing, but still very good. It is three stories then combined into one story a the end. If you think about it a bit you will understand the story. I totally recommend it! :)

Amazing Book

It's three stories in one book, with them all converging at the end.
It really does make you think about stuff.

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