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ABC: American Born Chinese

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I saw this on NPR and thought it had a very powerful visual message. Its a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, called American Born Chinese and it recently won the National Book Award. Its a powerful journey through the life of a second generation immigrant Chinese boy in his predominately white  suburban upbringing. I think the issues raised here are perhaps quite similar to that of many first and second generation African immigrants.

It reminds me of my own experience in school in England where I was the only black girl in my class, until an African boy from Angola joined the class. And if you listen to Mr. Yang's story, I had almost the exact same experience where I was sort of expected to befriend the boy but I couldn't understand what he was saying most of the time. But now, in hindsight, I wish I would have made more of an effort.

Check it out


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