Gene Luen Yang
Right. So I just posted about how little I felt I could really say about ABC. Well, then, I am forsworn. Or something. Anyway, here's something I can say.
This is why you should read American Born Chinese, and why it should be taught in schools:
- First off, it's just a good story. It's well-written and interesting, and in a student context would be an excellent example of "this is one person's writing style which works."
- It uses an unorthodox (for Western culture) story structure which is interesting to the casual reader and would lead very well in a classroom setting into a discussion of plot structure and how it can vary creatively.
- It's a good, easy-to-read example of a comic as literature. I think it'd be an excellent way to introduce graphic novels as a literary form--not too complicated or weird, but still an interesting story told in such a manner that the combination of art and words is really necessary.
- It's got a good message. I always like a be-yourself story that isn't heavy handed.
- As I said in my earlier post, it'd be a great intro to a study of Eastern myths and legends.
- It's a good set-up for, school-wise, an in-class discussion of racism and the implications of such.