“A tour-de-force by New York Times bestselling graphic novelist Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he’s the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny’s life with his yearly visits. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable. American Born Chinese is an amazing ride, all the way up to the astonishing climax.
American Born Chinese is the winner of the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award, a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring, a 2007 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and a New York Times bestseller.” Source
“The 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Grants have been awarded, and Gene Luen Yang just became the third graphic novelist ever to receive a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. He’s among five writers to receive grants this year, for “breaking new ground” with their work, and for their exceptional “originality, insight, and potential.” Fans of Yang will be excited, but not surprised, to hear that he’s being honored alongside these other writing superstars with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000. Anyone who’s ever picked up a Gene Luen Yang comic book or graphic novel knows that he deserves it. So here are a few more things you should know about our newest graphic novel “genius,” Gene Luen Yang.
Yang is best known for his work in teaching, writing, and comics. The Eisner Award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese is his most celebrated book to date, drawing on an amalgamation of his own past and traditional Chinese folklore to create a wholly new story (it is not an autobiography, though, and as far as I know Gene Luen Yang has never actually fought the Monkey King). His two-part series Boxers and Saints takes on both sides of the Boxer Uprising, through the lens of ancient Chinese legends as well as Christian mythology. His other writing includes the Avatar: The Last Airbender comic series and Superman for DC Comics.”