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Interview with, Gene Luen Yang (Author of American Born Chinese)


American Born Chinese is a graphic novel that explores the difficulty of finding personal identity within a mixed culture background. The novel follows three different story lines of The Monkey King, a young boy named Jin, and a racial stereotype character named Chin-Kee. Each of these characters face internal and external challenges that serve to shape their personalities in relation to the world around them, whether it be giving in to peer pressure and trying to abandon their Chinese heritage or just losing sight of their personal beliefs in general.






The Monkey King


Read "Journey to the West" Part 1 and Part 2.

Chapters:

Ch. 1: Monkey King and the Heavenly Banquet (p. 1-20)
Ch. 2: Jin Wang (p. 21-40)
Ch. 3: Everyone Ruvs Chin-Kee (p. 41-52)
Ch. 4: Monkey King Wears shoes (p. 53-84)
Ch. 5: Jin Wang (p. 85-106)
Ch. 6: Chin-Kee (p. 107-130)
Ch. 7: Monkey Meets Wong Lai-Tsao (p. 131-160)
Ch. 8: Jin (p. 161-198)
Ch. 9: Chin-Kee (p. 199-233)

Reading Schedule

Follow this schedule to ensure you will have all reading and blog posts completed by Wednesday, October 10.
Timeline
Chapters
Page #
In Class (10/1)
1
1-20
Homework (10/3)
2
21-40
In Class (10/5)
Blog Post #1

Homework (10/5)
3
41-52
In Class (10/8)
Ch. 1-3 Quiz

Homework (10/8)
4
53-84
In Class (10/10)
Blog Post #2

Homework (10/10)
5
85-106
In Class (10/15)
Ch. 4-5 Quiz

Homework (10/15)
6
107-130
In Class (10/17)
Blog Post #3

Homework (10/17)
7-8
131-198
In Class (10/22)
Ch. 6-8 Quiz

Homework (10/22)
9
199-233
In Class (10/24)
Blog Post #4

In Class (10/26)
Test


Annotations:
Please make annotations during your reading. Use sticky notes to make these annotations. Please note the page number on the sticky note, in case it falls out. Try to make three (3) annotations for each chapter.

The main purpose of annotating a book is to keep track of your thinking. While reading, you need to focus on making connections to the text, visualizing what is happening, determining the most important parts, and asking yourself questions. The following are ideas for creating sticky notes - it is not necessary to use them all; you may also write something not on this list.
  • Why … That reminds me of …
  • I'm confused by … I predict …
  • This is really important because …
  • I think this means …
  • Wow …

Themes