Sunday, August 4, 2013
American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
Using three separate story lines, Yang weaves three seemingly unconnected characters into a plot that involves everything from modern-day prejudices, ancient Chinese folklore, and acceptance.
I think the part of the book that would really hit home with this audience is the section with Danny and his Chinese cousin Chin-Kee and the section with Jin Wang. Many middle school aged children are so worried about how they appear to others. This book does a good job of blending the embarrassment of Danny and the awkwardness of Jin Wang into characters that reflect the feelings of many students in middle school. By connecting to these characters, students will then understand the feelings that come with being the new kid in school that is from a whole different country than the rest of the class.