Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese talks about people that try to fit into a world that is not very nice to them. The author creates three stories that seem quite different, but in reality, they are all similar in the way they all have the same goal, to be accepted, or try to “Fit in” The monkey king tried to get into a dinner party that only gods and deities were allowed to go to. Under the idea that he was considered a deity by the gods, he went to the party but was not allowed in because he is just a monkey to them. He wanted to be a deity, as he always called himself after the event “The Great Sage, Equal of Heaven” The monkey king wanted to change what he couldn’t change, what he was. All of the human gods and deities all saw him as just a monkey, an insignificant animal who has no power. And The monkey king wanted to change that by showing his power, but that only resulted in him being trapped for 500 years. Until he met Wong Lai-Tsao, and he learned to accept himself and helped him.
Some lessons can only be taught by people with experience on the subject. Such as lessons on how the brain works, which can mostly only be taught by a person with personal experiences. Lots of parents try to teach things that they can’t, but many books can. Parents try to shelter their children. Being a parent involves loving and protecting your child, even against their will. But what they don’t always know is that you can’t shelter them. Parents tend to underestimate kids in the middle school age, but they also don’t want them growing too fast. In conclusion, most parents want their kids to read books that they will understand, but not help them learn.
Catherine does seem to want a treatment for David’s autism because being with him around other people makes her feel embarrassed. She wants a pill to make him, “Normal” on page 8, Catherine says “Sometimes I wish someone would invent a pill so David’d wake up one morning without autism” Catherine makes assumptions as to how people see David. On page 63 David gets scared of a bee and shrieked, and Catherine wants just to hide behind the fence because she was embarrassed by how he was acting. So she makes an excuse to stop talking to her new neighbor’s mom. People are worried about having to adapt to people with abilities, which Catherine has already done. Page 48, “HI, JASON” his speech therapist thinks he has hearing problems, but the only problem is his speech. So she is really loud. Catherine is bothered by his autism but has grown accustomed to it, but she makes assumptions as to what other people think.