Dreams Aren’t Always Real (by Nia)

“To find your true identity…within the will of Tze-Yo-Tzuh… is the highest of all freedoms.”

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From reading the American Born Chinese (the main character) written by Gene Luen Yang http://geneyang.com/towards the end of the book found their true identity and got stripped of the mindset that you have to be the true American Boy. Jin the main character, was an Chinese decent born in America. He grew up having to move to different school because of his annoying cousin Chin-Kee. When Jin made it to middle he had met a boy named Wei-Chen who was his first friend, but that didn’t last that long. Jin was pressured into changing himself because of all the stereotypes that people saying about him. When Jin was young he was first stereotyped when a boy in his class asked if Jin eats dogs, and that carried on throughout the whole book and had an impact on the story. Each god helped the characters keep their traditional Chinese attitude and give them great words of the wiser. An example is on pg. 213 when Chin-Kee/Monkey King revealed himself and told Jin his background, it made Jin realize what had been going on around him and really had some tough questions for himself. The influence of the gods changes each way the character’s act, for Jin he really gets into the real world instead of living in the dream cloud. The way that the author illustrated Jin’s hair it represents how he wants to look like Greg and it also the cloud looking shape represents his dream. One last example is on pg. 145 when Tze-Yo-Tzuh told the Monkey King that he was not in his true self and that he needed to change himself. This made Monkey King become a god and repeated the same words to Jin, and it made Jin change himself.  Overall, the way that the author included the gods, it changed each character’s mindset.

 

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American Born Chinese, page 145

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American Born Chinese, page 213

True Form by Kate E

In the book American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, one of the main characters, the Monkey King faces a problem that is where he gets stuck under a mountain of rocks, to escape he had to return to his “true form.” While we all feel the need to belong, Gene Luen Yang is reminding the readers that we all need to be ourselves. The first character to learn this lesson is the Monkey King. In the book the monk says this to the Monkey King “the form you have taken is not truly your own. Return to your true form and you shall be freed.”  In the process of the Monkey King returning to his true form the monk gets stabbed by two monsters looking for dinner this makes the Monkey King upset and he returns to his true form. Another character who tries to transform himself is Jin Wang. Towards the beginning of the book Jin wants to be this all white American boy, and to be the American boy Jin changes his hair and the way he acts. An all American boy isn’t his true form. In the end on page 214, the conflict of Jin’s true form was solved when the monkey king changed Danny back to Jin. After that happens The Monkey King talks to Jin and helps him realize how good it is to be an American born Chinese and except the way he is. The novel ends with Jin helping Wei Chen to learn to accept himself. In the book Jin kisses Wei Chen’s girlfriend, and that leads Wei Chen and Jin’s friendship. After that Wei Chen does not want to be a server to Jin, and then he rebels. In the end Jin meets Wei Chen at a café and Jin apologizes and they patch thing up and become friends again. I have not experienced a similar situation like the monkey king’s and Jin’s. Just reading the book makes me think, is this my true form and is this who I want to be?

Reveal Your True Form by Luci

In American Born Chinese, Gene Yang helps readers to understand that people need a sage to help them value who they truly are. Although, most people think that only parents are the only wise people that can help, most of the time they aren’t. The first person in the story to be helped is the Monkey King, he was helped by a god name Tze-Yo-Tzuh. In the story, the Monkey King changes to become more powerful, he changes to please someone else, when he does this Tze-Yo-Tzuh tests the idea of be the Great Sage, Equal of Heaven. Tze-Yo-Tzuh puts the Monkey King under a pile of rocks for 500 years. Then, Tze-Yo-Tzuh sends a monk to help him, at first the Monkey King does not want help. But when the monk gets attacked by two trolls, the Monkey King is forced to help. Once he helped the monk he then called the monk “master.” This shows that The Monkey King finally accepted who he was and decided to help the wounded monk. After the Monkey King went and helped Jin discover who he truly was and will forever be. On page 213 The Monkey King says “Now that I have revealed my true form, perhaps it is time to reveal yours… Jin Wang,” Jin then turns from the blond haired blue eyed all american boy, back to his true form. Later once Jin was helped to accept who he truly was he then went to Wei-Chen and began to bring back who he truly is. The Monkey King said that he could not help Wei-Chen because he would not listen. Jin waited at a diner until closing every day for a month until Wei-Chen came. When he finally came, Jin saw an image of Wei-Chen before he became a real boy. Jin then apologized for how he treated him when they were in Jr. High. When Wei-Chen needed someone to reveal his true self, it wasn’t his dad, it was Jin his best friend. Sometimes parents aren’t the only ones who can help.

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My Opinion Counts More by Skylar

American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang, presents readers with a strong message that a person’s mindset about themselves can be based on other people’s opinions. The main character, Jin, has a transformer toy that comes up multiple times in this book. The transformer represents what Jin, wants most: Just to fit in and look like everybody else. Jin is from China-Town in San Francisco and is moving to a predominantly white town, (unnamed in book) which is nothing like what Jin is used to.  When he started off at Mayflower Elementary, Jin changed the foods he ate because all of the other kids judged and made fun of him. As he got older, Jin Transformed his hair to look like “the popular white boy’s” because he was interested in a girl named Amelia. Lastly, Jin sacrificed his entire heritage of America Chinese for what he thought was the perfect all American life by transforming himself into Danny. Yet one of the other secondary characters, Monkey King, wouldn’t let Jin forget who he really was. Also, a secondary character named Wei-Chen, originally Monkey King’s son, wanted to be just like his father and help people like Jin find themselves. Along the way Wei-Chen lost sight of his mission and what he was there to do. In conclusion, we see how the characters evolve in the story from being insecure and intimidated, to knowing and accepting who they really are. In this book, transformation teaches us not to sacrifice your true self because you may lose people who are close to you. Although, sometimes change is inevitable because we are constantly growing; physically and mentally.

Transformation By Zoe

The Book American Born Chinese by Gene Luang Yang, has three stories. The main focus of this piece is one story where the author introduces the main character Jin as a Chinese American boy. During his childhood, Jin and his other Chinese friends loved to play with their transformer toys. The transformer symbolizes transformation from who we really are to someone we want to be like.The herbalist’s wife states to Jin, “It’s easy to become anything you wish, so long as you are willing to forfeit your soul.” (page 28) This means you can become anything or anyone you want, as long as you are willing to give up on who you are as a person and turn into something that you are not. The statement that Yang gives us is very true because if you try to be something that you aren’t then you are not being the true you. For example, in the book (Page 97) Jin likes the character Amelia. He sees that Amelia is flirting with the popular kid in the grade Greg, who has a curly hair. Jin decides that if he gets a curly hair, Amelia will like him more because of how he looks instead of who he really is on the inside. In other words, Jin cannot accept who he really is so he tries to change himself for the likings of others. Many people in this world would change how they look and act for popularity, wealth, or being famous. There is in nothing the world important enough for anyone to give up their soul or who they are. We should all live our own lives and not someone else’s. Overall, Jin Wang is different than everyone else, but he shouldn’t try to be them rather than being himself. This story can teach the readers to be themselves because people should like you for you and not for the mask you are putting on.

Dream’s Aren’t Always Real (By: Nia Stevenson)

 

“To find your true identity…within the will of Tze-Yo-Tzuh… is the highest of all freedoms.”

From reading the American Born Chinese (the main character) towards the end of the book found their true identity and got stripped of the mindset that you have to be the true American Boy. Jin the main character, was an Chinese decent born in America. He grew up having to move to different school because of his “annoying” cousin Chin-Kee. When Jin made it to middle school he met a boy named Wei-Chen who was his first friend, but that didn’t last that long. Jin was pressured into changing himself because of all the stereotypes that people saying about him. When Jin was young he was first stereotyped when a boy in his class asked if Jin eats dogs, and those types of stereotypes continued throughout the book and had an impact on the story. Each god helped the characters keep their traditional Chinese attitude and give them great words of the wiser. An example is on pg. 213 when Chin-Kee/Monkey King revealed himself and told Jin his background, it made Jin realize what had been going on around him and really had some tough questions for himself. The influence of the gods changes each way the character’s act, for Jin he really gets into the real world instead of living in the dream cloud. The way that the author illustrated Jin’s hair it represents how he wants to look like Greg and it also the cloud looking shape represents his dream. One last example is on pg. 145 when Tze-Yo-Tzuh told the Monkey King that he was not in his true self and that he needed to change himself. This made Monkey King become a god and repeated the same words to Jin, and it made Jin change himself.  Overall, the way that the author included the gods, it changed each character’s mindset.

 

The experience of the immigrant that not so humor by Eric

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang it tells the story of Jin who is an American-born Chinese

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American Born Chinese, page 32

, and how he find out that who he is. Gene Luen Yang employs a lot of light experiences that are not so humorous for the immigrants that experience them, but we often laugh at them. American often tease others for different aspects of their culture. For example, when Jin is eating dumpling, Timmy made fun with him. And also, when Chin-Kee is eating lunch, there is a dying cat in the noodle. Gene Luen  Yang put this kind of things to reflection the real life. The other example of how immigrants suffer from ignorance is by Americans’ assumptions about a different culture. In the book, Timmy said that Chinese people eat dogs, but that’s not totally true.  Also in that book, the student thinks that all Asians are Chinese and that’s ridiculous. In my real life, I also have experienced this kind of things. When I was in 6 grade in my math class, I have a wrong answer then someone starts to laugh at me, and I feel really hurt.