Cause and Effect of the Complexity of Struggle by Kenny

American born Chinese written by Gene luen Yang contains three different plots; the other book is the absolute True diary of a Part Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie. In this semi-autobiographical book a character name junior transfers schools which them makes him internally conflict
between being Indian and being white. Both characters learn to accept themselves for the complex individuals they are. Throughout this entry there will be picture to represent the words written above it. The picture should show either Chinkee and juniors contrast and contradictions or text supports. Chinkee and junior are from two different worlds, two different areas, and are two different symbols.

            A main stereotype Jinn was obviously stereotyped by was race. Being different was one thing, but being Chinese was another. Based on how people talk and how it can be promoted in movies a lot of people think as Chinese or other people to being nasty, weird, creepy like when jinn was at a most white school and people made rumors about him and the other 2 Chinese people.  The author most definitely put emphasis on the community Chinkee and jinn had to walk into. Jin wanted to stop being himself and become a person no like him


           Junior on the other knew that he didn’t have a choice to be someone else. He knew that being poor is what he is, what he was, and what he will always be is poor, broken, hurt, lost, backgrounders.  A common stereotype in this book as it was mentioned in the last paragraph is racism and stereotypes. When junior first switch schools it was very hard on him especially. Like Chinkee, being different and another race than the majority can be a very easy target. However unlike Chinkee, junior new that people were going to treat him differently based off of a character named Mr. P; his teacher, which could affect the way he handled it. Junior was trying to find balance between being a  native american Indian and white 
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The author focused on the normal problems us as humans face today. Negativity, exclusion, and most importantly criticism. Because of the way the author did that, it allows the reader/ us to realize something about ourselves. It also shows how life can be a chain reaction in which one small moment can be linked to another moment which in the end it sums up to a big now like it did in American Born Chinese. In American Born Chinese the author made Chinkee a symbol to realize that it is okay to be Chinese to jinn but it wasn’t until Chinkee transformed to the monkey king and show him why he shouldn’t forfeit his soul as being an american born Chinese.


” you misunderstand my intentions, Jin. I did not come to punish you”.

” I came to serve as your conscience-as a signpost to your soul”

        In The absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian, . Junior had to rely on other characters like Penelope his girlfriend, his mom and dad, and even jocks who he meets in his class and on the court. The author made the characters easier to connect to and unlike Gene Lu Ang all different. Whether it’s good or a bad, the characters in the absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian had a major effect on how junior could respond to racism.  In the book the moment of realization for junior was right after he lost his sister. Loss after loss junior becomes more knowledgeable about the concept of being accepted.

“I realized that I might be a lonely Indian boy, but I was not alone in my loneliness. There were millions of other Americans who had left their birthplaces in search of a dream.
I realized that, sure, I was a Spokane Indian. I belonged to that tribe. But I also belonged to the tribe of American immigrants. And to the tribe of basketball players. And to the tribe of bookworms.
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And the tribe of chronic mastu*******
And the tribe of teenage boys.
And the tribe of small-town kids.
And the tribe of Pacific North westerners.
And the tribe of tortilla chips-and-salsa lovers.
And the tribe of poverty.
And the tribe of funeral-goers.
And the tribe of beloved sons.
And the tribe of boys who really missed their best friends.
It was a huge realization.
And that’s when I knew that I was going to be okay.



    You might be pondering in your head saying you have already read the book and understand it but have you looked at the characters and thought about what they learned. Chinkee didn’t have to learn to be himself. Although Chinkee did learn something that he guessed in the first place without even explaining. When transforming into monkey king he learned that people can become someone who they aren’t if they choose to for fit their soul and tried to fit in. The realization wasn’t as big as juniors or jinn’s. Jinn realizes that changing yourself means changing how things affect you.  Jinn realized that his struggle of becoming someone different didn’t work and was unnecessary.  As each page was created into the story junior developed his thoughts more. His internal conflicts were about someone thing else which results in him believe he killed his sister (which he didn’t)  but then reflects and see that he is a part of a bigger tribe than he thought, That there is more than just the people he often sees, he even looks and thinks about nature. His struggle remains the same but he approaches it in a new and positive way. That then allows him to be okay with himself and gain knowledge. Now both characters think about struggle/ how they struggle in a different way.  In the end Both Character DID learn to accept themselves for the complex individuals they are.



3 thoughts on “Cause and Effect of the Complexity of Struggle by Kenny

  1. I really like how you made this connection between these two books. Before reading this entry I hadn’t thought about/realized that these two books were similar in many ways. Both main characters had to “find” themselves and go through many struggles with bullies and other people to become who they “want” to be or what they were originally. It was really creative of you to find this connection between “the complexity” of both stories and how they relate to each other and real life.


  2. Great job on this blog post. I think you should talk about your topic more. Your thoughts flowed well. I made a connection when you talked about his conflict in switching schools and how it made him feel on the inside.
    I like the fact on how you talked about the conflict they both faced in True Diary and American Born Chinese
    – Micah


  3. Dear Kenny,
    I really enjoyed this blog post. I think you should talk about True Diary of a Part Time Indian a little bit more. This was an original topic that was enjoyable to read. I like that you talked about the comparison between the two books.


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