American Born Chinese

Being different is never easy. It isn’t fun to stand out of in a crowd and have people treat you a certain way because of your appearance, background, the way you speak or dress, how old you are, or basically anything that set you apart. In American Born Chinese, the main character, Jin, struggles to accept his chinese heritage. He constantly tries to become Americanized and at one point he even transforms into another person because he is so untrue to who he really is. Similarly, the Monkey King tries to conform and conceal his monkey heritage by wearing shoes. The picture of a funny face symbolizes the message in the book because it is a reminder to “embrace one’s weirdness”. That is not to say in anyway that Jin or the Monkey King are weird in a negative sense, it simply means that they had to learn to embrace their differences because it is only once this is done that a person (or monkey) can be his or her best self.

Photo Citation: CC BY 2.0

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2 thoughts on “American Born Chinese

  1. I really like the picture you chose. It seems to really grasp the concept of the book and embracing your weirdness. I like that you mentioned the characters not being weird but being different. I think society gets the two confused. We should embrace everyone’s differences and not judge them as being weird. This book seems very interesting, thanks for sharing!

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  2. First of all, I just want to say I love the name of your blog! I agree with your opening sentence about being different. My class was assigned to read Wonder by R.J. Palacio, which also has to do with someone who struggles to fit in/find himself. If you enjoyed this book I would definitely check it out! Also, great picture choice. I think that embracing one’s own weirdness is a wonderful way to live. Thanks for the post!

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