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The Monkey King's primary struggle is accepting his position as a monkey. While he is described as a deity from the start of American Born Chinese, the gods of heaven refuse to let him enter a...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019, 8:17 pm (UTC)

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Jin Wang’s internal conflict is derived from his inability to accept his identity as an Asian American in a majority white society. He wants to be accepted by his white peers, but at the same time,...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019, 11:41 pm (UTC)

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The theme of a work of literature can be defined as its message or the underlying "big idea." With this definition in mind, a theme can also be understood as a life lesson a reader can gain from...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018, 9:47 am (UTC)

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For Jin, the acceptance of one's identity and the acceptance needed within it is vitally important. Jin recognizes that such realities are where the hopes of happiness lie. Throughout the...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2012, 10:45 am (UTC)

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The story of the Monkey King in American Born Chinese serves as an allegory to Jin Wang's evolution, and the comparison is evident in the parallels between the two narratives. The Monkey King...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2010, 8:27 am (UTC)

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Throughout the comic, Jin struggles to accept his true identity and is determined to assimilate into white, suburban American culture. He feels outcast, isolated, and upset with himself, but his...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 11:13 pm (UTC)

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At the end of American Born Chinese, Chin-Kee is revealed to be the Monkey King. Chin-Kee, Danny's embarrassing Chinese cousin, accompanies Danny to school whenever Chin-Kee is in town visiting...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018, 3:51 pm (UTC)

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Shoes represent the Monkey King's insecurity about being a monkey in the face of other gods. As the sovereign ruler of flower-fruit mountain, the Monkey King has no need for shoes. He climbs and...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019, 9:20 pm (UTC)

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The best adjective I can think of to describe Jin Wang is insecure. He certainly isn't alone in this description; as adolescents, most of us are/were insecure at least some of the time. Jin has...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016, 8:31 pm (UTC)

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Danny sees Chin-Kee as the living embodiment of all the many offensive stereotypes that have adhered to Chinese Americans over the years. His whole identity, from his yellow skin and his buck...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019, 10:08 am (UTC)

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Although not explicitly stated, the protagonist of American Born Chinese, Jin Wang, is a hero. Like many heroes, he is on a journey. Jin is on the journey toward self-acceptance, and he faces many...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2021, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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American Born Chinese is a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang that was published in 2006. I am going to present the five most important characters of the story here. Firstly, one has to mention the...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019, 9:23 am (UTC)

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Jin’s parents are both immigrants and the family lives in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood—where Jin enjoys his life surrounded by other Chinese Americans. Wanting a better life, and...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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Transformers—robots in disguise—aren't just toys from the 1980s. They're also a very important symbol of what Jin wants to be in life. Like the giant robots, Jin wants to transform himself into...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019, 10:41 am (UTC)

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Assuming that you mean readers of today, Gene Yang's message in American Born Chinese revolves around embracing one's identity. In the novel, Jin is plagued by transformations because he does not...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2010, 8:12 pm (UTC)

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Jin’s increasing familiarity with the Chinese menu and his increasing comfort in Chinese restaurants show that he is coming to embrace his identity. When he is first unable to read the menu, he is...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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You could go in any number of interesting directions with an analytical essay on American Born Chinese. Here are a few ideas to get you started, and don't forget to support your thesis statement...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018, 2:06 pm (UTC)

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Racial melancholia is a term used to explain the melancholy, or depression and self-rejection, that a person may feel when they do not fit into the mainstream American culture and the expectation...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018, 8:28 pm (UTC)

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These three questions are all very compelling. The issues they mention impact Jin as a character, as well as many readers who get to know Jin through the graphic novel. This response will address...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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That the language and stereotypes in this graphic novel are too much to handle is debatable, as it is unclear what "too much to handle" actually means. The graphic novel is definitely direct about...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2018, 11:25 pm (UTC)

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