Find Yourself by Graham

In the book, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Tells us about three different characters who are born Chinese. This book talks a lot about what it is like to be Chinese in a different country, but also teaches us many lessons. “To find your true identity…within the will of Tze-Yo-Tzah … is the highest of all freedoms.” To find your true identity, you must practice and believe in yourself. In this case, in order to find true identity, you must train with Tze-Yo-Tzah before you become a hero. In American Born Chinese, the Monkey King trained on his own, and did not train to be the best with the help of Tze-Yo-Tzah. The Monkey King showed up in front of Tze-Yo-Tzah, and thought he was the master. The Monkey King thought that since he trained on his own for Forty days, that he would be the “Great Sage.” But instead he acted very foolish in front of Tze-Yo-Tzah, and was buried under rocks for 500 years.

 Wei-Chen’s transformer symbolizes in this book, because that was how he and Jin became friends. In the book, growing up is a big topic. When the Monkey King was younger he wanted to be hero when he grew up known as “The Great Sage”.  Jin wanted to be a Transformer when he grew up. Danny wanted to be a basketball player when he grew up. This idea of “Transforming” will soon change yourself in life. This happens a lot throughout this book. Jin eventually has a crush on a girl, and tries to be a jock. He eventually turns back to his old self after doing crazy things. Monkey King wanted to be a hero. He was very foolish in the beginning, but after being under rock for 500 years. He saved Wong-Lai-Tsao, and lived up to that dream of being a hero. The whole point of transforming is talking about how you are when you are little, and then changing as you get older. This topic plays a big role in American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.


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