American Born Chinese By Gene Luen Yang Essay

1393 Words Oct 25th, 2016 6 Pages
There are many trials and tribulations that colored people in America have to deal with. These Stereotypes have a drastic affect on both children and adults. What is a stereotype? A stereotype is to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same. This concept can do both mental and physical damage to a human being 's psyche. If a person is introduced to stereotypes at a young age, they may have insecurities that will hinder their mental, physical, and spiritual growth. Our society perpetuates these stereotypes through television, movies, advertisements, and even books. We, as a society, must diminish these stereotypes by effectively challenging their substance. American Born Chinese effectively challenges stereotypes by illustrating stereotypes through out the book as well as creating a character that embodies all of the stereotypes, Chinkee. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is a story narrative based on transformation and realization of stereotypes. We are introduced to the main character Jin Wang as he battles his inner insecurities and tries to fit into American culture. Him and his best friend Wei-chen deals with mild racism, but makes new friends along the way. We are also introduced to the story of the monkey king. This story shows the monkey king being insecure about himself and tries to be accepted by the society of deities. He is denied access just like Jin is denied by the children of American society. The monkey…

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