Value Yourself or no one will By:Nick

The book American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is a book that shows readers the value of staying true to yourself. In American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, the author uses three different stories to convey the theme of trying to be noticed by others and wanting to be great. In one of the stories there is a boy named Jin that tries to forget his Chinese heritage when he moves to a mostly all white suburb. He starts off with being mean to the only other Asian boy Wei-Chen. Jin ends up changing his hair to fit in with the popular white kids, forgetting about wei-chen his only friend. Throughout the whole story Jin tries so hard to change who he is to fit in, that he betrays his friendship with Wei-Chen. This mistake causes Jin to realize what he has done, and what he must do to become himself again. In another one of the stories there is a monkey king that wants to be legendary, he doesn’t want to be a monkey anymore. So he gives up everything for nearly invincible kung-Fu powers to prove a point to the gods. He does all that just to get trapped under a mountain of stone for 500 years. While he is trapped the creator send a monk to illuminate the monkey kings mistake and try to bring him back to reality. The Monkey King is then forced with making a decision to forfeit his powers and return to his true self to save the monk, or stay trapped and let the monk die. The Monkey king decides to forfeit his powers and return to his true self, and save the monk. The monkey later realizes how much he loved being a monkey. Like Jin, the monkey king tries to be someone he is not and makes a mistake that lets him see what he has done, and how he can change it. Last is Wei-Chen was Jin’s friend, or so he thought. He lied for his friendship, and then when he was betrayed by Jin, he realizes that friendship is not worth it. He then forfeits his life because he doesn’t want to serve humans. Wei later realizes what he has done and slowly starts to come back to reflect on what he has done. All three of these characters forget the importance of valuing who they are.

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American Born Chinese, page 84

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