Do You Really Change? by Ian

Gene Luen Yang shows in his book American Born Chinese that people may act one way to fit in even though what they pretend to be goes against their own core values. Jin the main character is a Chinese American boy who moves from China Town in San Francisco to an undisclosed suburb in California. Jin consistently finds himself in school with only two other Asian classmates, Suzie and Wei. Jin struggles with identity and put his friendships in danger to “Fit In”. Jin decides to get a perm after people make fun of his hair for not being like the hair they have. Jin is made fun of like this consistently in the book. Next, Yang shows Jin, the main character change himself so much after being criticized he transforms into Danny. Danny has a character in his part named Chin-Kee who is the Monkey King. The Monkey King wanted to be a god even though he was as his name states, the king of monkeys not a god. The character Chin-Kee was an over stereotyped Chinese person that was meant to offend people and made Danny (Jin) embarrassed. It is revealed in the end of the book that Chin-Kee is the Monkey King and transforms Danny back into Jin. The lesson was that no matter how much you try to hide it you are who you are and you can’t change our background and culture. I believe Gene is showing that your background outlines who you are and sticks with you for life.

Author’s Personal Site: http://geneyang.com/

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/American-Born-Chinese-Gene-Luen/dp/0312384483

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American Born Chinese, page 98

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