Racism in “American Born Chinese”

As much as the public is informed of the efforts to combat racism in today’s world, Gene Luen Yang proves in his graphic novel American Born Chinese that racism exists at considerable strength today. Through three intertwining stories, Yang demonstrates the ostracization and fear alien cultures receive from a so- called “normal” society, where those … Read moreRacism in “American Born Chinese”

Gene Luen Yang and Toni Morrison, On the Triumvirate of Identity

There is a common symbol found throughout ancient culture, the triumvirate. From the Christian Holy Trinity, the Islamic Wudu and Salat, the First Triumvirate of Rome, etc., the number three is important. This matters to us why? Because in American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang, and The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, three is … Read moreGene Luen Yang and Toni Morrison, On the Triumvirate of Identity

Legends as Guides: Routes to Cultural Discovery in ‘Ceremony’ and ‘American Born Chinese’

To enhance the cultural significance and direct their characters’ journeys, Gene Luen Yang and Leslie Marmon Silko include the presence of legends traditional to each culture in their works American Born Chinese and Ceremony, respectively. With these legends we see the integration of Jin’s and Tayo’s cultures into their journeys to accept their identities. At … Read moreLegends as Guides: Routes to Cultural Discovery in ‘Ceremony’ and ‘American Born Chinese’