Hidden Legend By: Connor


American Born Chinese, page 215

The book American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is three different stories where three different characters that want the same thing, to fit in. In one story, with a monk, it shows that to become legendary all you need to do is to commit acts of kindness. You don’t even need to be known by everyone to become legendary. The biggest factor to become legendary is to be not mean. One example of someone who is legendary in this book is Wong Lai-Tsao he is legendary because he helps homeless people, and other monks don’t usually do that. Even though on page 135 it shows that Wong Lai-Tsao could not meditate, fast, or even preach. Though because he helped homeless people every day, the gods chose him to partake in a very large journey, The Journey to The West. The Monkey King, who started out small and unknown, went on The Journey to The West with Wong Lai-Tsao and became all-knowing and stood in holy presence this was all possible with the help of the legendary Wong Lai-Tsao. Therefore, you can become legendary without doing an amazing act like becoming stone by staying still, and staring death in the face. So, in conclusion, anyone can become legendary. Gene Luen Yang is showing us that all you need to be to become legendary is to serve others by being nice to them and putting their needs in front of yours.


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