Sunday, May 8, 2016

Discussion Post #1 - American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

We started a little on the light side, with American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. This is a set of stories, parables if you will, all about fitting in with people who might not understand you. I'm so intrigued to see what all of you thought, and what you want to talk about! In the meantime, here are some jumping off points.


Discussion Points:

* In the first story, we're introduced to the Monkey King. Why do you think Yang starts out with this particular story? What did you think of the Monkey King and his attitude?

* In the second story, we're introduced to Jin. What did you think of his character? Do you think that he treated Wei-Chen fairly? What did you think of Yang's decision to have Jin become a blonde haired boy?

* In the third story, we meet Chin Kee. This story is riddled with stereotypes that are related to Asian cultures. Which did you catch easily? Were there any that particuarly bothered you?

* Do you think these three stories tied together? How did you feel about this story as a whole?


Feel free to add to this, and chat about anything that you're interested in!

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