Rock Bottom By Elizabeth

In the book American Born Chinese written by Gene Yang every story has a character struggling to accept their true identity. Gene Luen Yang is showing readers that it is okay to be who you truly are. That it’s better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. The book is separated into three different stories Jin, Chin-kee, and The Monkey King. Jin is a young boy who is from San Francisco but because of his looks everybody assumes he is from China. When Jin is made fun of he decides to start small and change his hair. When this doesn’t work he gives up his relationships with his friend to make his “dream” come true of becoming the all American Boy.


American Born Chinese, page 191

In the second story, Monkey King, he wants nothing more than to be a God, but because he is not a human he cannot. Therefore he gives up his monkey characteristics for power. When the creator of all existence, Tze-Yo-Tzuh, realizes what he is trying to do, he tells the Monkey King that “everything is within the reach of his hand.” The Monkey King chooses to let his ego get the best of him, and Tze-Yo-Tzuh does the only thing to help the Monkey King, he buries him under a pile of rocks for 500 years.


American Born Chinese, page 84

This book teaches the readers that you can change your hair, your identity, or personality but underneath it all you are still the same person. In this book the characters forfeit everything to only end up alone, they hit rock bottom. This taught them that they needed to accept who they are to not be alone.


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