This is a tour-de-force new work by rising indie comics star Gene
Yang. "American Born Chinese" maps the adolescent Chinese-American
experience through three separate but interwoven stories. One story
centres on Jin Wang, a Chinese-American student at an all-white
California high school. Jin is plagued by jocks and bullies, so
when another Chinese student transfers to the school, Jin wants
nothing to do with him. Next is a comic update of the legendary
story of the Monkey King, an ancient Chinese morality tale.
Finally, there's the gross and surreal stereotype of Chin-Kee, the
ultimate negative Chinese cliche, complete with a sitcom-style
"laugh track". These three apparently unrelated tales come together
in an astonishing climax - all with a mighty blast of humour,
surprising poignancy and skilled artistry.