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    We are never happy with who we are and what we have, we always want more; however, people are dismissing the conception of acceptance. In the book, “American Born Chinese” written by Gene Luen Yang, the American religious experience is accepting yourself. Once a person does this, their true identity is released. We must learn to be true to ourselves and accept where we have come from. This could be difficult for some, given the stereotypes that are constantly being tossed around. For instance, ‘My momma says Chinese people eat dogs” (Yang 31). When people are always categorized differently than others, identity maybe be difficult to find. Throughout this fun, eye-opening piece, Yang reveals a life lesson on finding one’s balance and making wise decisions on the journey of accepting oneself. In this graphic novel, appearance plays a great deal for the…

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    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,…

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    INTRODUCTION - ~ THESIS - When evaluating Arnold “Junior” Spirit from Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Jin Wang from Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese, similarities radiate in both characters as their disparity in race deem the two of them as outcasts in the entirety of society. In addition to their lack of social interactions, their uniformity in their impulsive decisions cost them each a dear friend. Although Junior and Jin are quite similar, they…

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    is changing and accepting yourself for who you are. Although transferring to a new school may be inevitable how you handle this experience is what counts in the end. Everyone goes through a series of events that either change your life in a favorable way or unacceptable way when being apart of two cultures. In this case Junior and Jin must both battle with many different problems because they are trying to find an identity while being apart of two different cultures. This affects their lives in…

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    Born Chinese Stereotypes

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    in the book with stereotypes and trying to find one’s place in the community. Hearing a stereotype during class that a professor would make about Mexican heritage and feeling all eyes on me from other students is something that never happened to me before I came to college. Stereotypes do not define what the other culture does or says. Stereotypes will always exist but it depends on how one reacts on them that can make an impact. I did not react to this stereotype because I knew they were no…

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    The Boxer Rebellion began in 1898 in the Qing Dynasty of China. During this rebellion there was an ongoing question of which side was fighting for the more “just” outcome because each had a very different opinion of what justice was. The Boxers were fighting against the British invaders and trying to unify China by ridding it of Christian influence. The foreigners were trying to make money by selling opium to the Chinese. Each side thought the other side is evil but they did not try to…

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    In the book titled American Born Chinese, written by Gene Luen Yang, there are many plot elements. Each character in this book have different scenarios and different stages of plot elements. The main characters in this story are The Monkey King, Jin Wang, Wei-Chen Sun, Danny, and his cousin Chin-Kee. Each one has different problems and there are many plot elements to each. In the first story, about the Monkey King, there is major conflict in the beginning. The Monkey King wants to be let into…

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    In the book Saints by Gene Luen Yang, the character, Vibiana (also known as four girl) struggles to find her belonging and power but succeeds through her faith. Vibiana felt insignificant because her family mistreated her. Since she was born, they believed that Vibiana was a devil, because she was born on May 4, was the 4th child and every year her family experienced some sort of death. From the constant reoccurrence of 4 in her life, they believed she was bad luck as 4 means dead in the Chinese…

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    American Born Chinese is a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang about various characters dealing with stereotypes, and prejudices. Two main characters that seem to struggle with this are the monkey king and Jinn. The monkey king is the king of all monkey's on his island. He is looked at as a god and respected by every monkey on the island. But when he is invited to a dinner party for all the gods, he realizes that nobody else has respect for him. By everyone else he is looked at as a dirty monkey.…

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    Do you know who you truly are? That is the question that Gene Luen Yang tries to explain in his graphic novel “American Born Chinese.” The story follows three different characters and their journey to knowing who they are. Each journey is different, but each is linked by the central theme of self identity. These three characters all have to go on a Hero’s Journey. A concept that explains a single character's arc in the story. The Hero’s Journey starts with a call to action. The hero is presented…

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