Throughout the book Rules, David’s parents never paid a lot of attention to him, he required a lot of attention, but they were never really there for him. His mom was always busy on the phone, and his dad was always at work. In the story we figure out that he does therapy and his sister Katherine is always taking care of him. It causes Katherine to have conflict with her parents because they always make her watch him. Katherine then realizes that David is normal and a good brother.
Even though we don’t hear a lot from David, Katherine explains that she just wants a normal family. She meets a girl name Kristi and tries to make her brother irrelevant, but that doesn’t quite work out. She sticks up for him when a boy named Ryan tries to pull pranks on him, and realizes that David is the most normal he can be.
David’s parents are never really around for him. His mom takes him to therapy, but his dad never does anything. His mom has a job that requires consist phone calls. So she doesn’t give him a lot attention. Katherine makes rules for him so he can appear more normal.
So to conclude this kids that have disabilities need parents and siblings that can be aware and hands on with their child 24/7.
America Born Chinese, Page 212
DON’T STOP BELIEVING
It is possible to be whatever you want, with some limitations and some setbacks. But those are just obstacles that will not always be there. In the book “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang, no matter what you do you always have to try your hardest and put in your full effort. Also, by saying “you have to be willing to forfeit your soul,” this means that you have to be willing to do anything in your power to be what you want to become. Of course, there are some limitations with being and doing what you want. For example, when jin kissed his best friends girlfriend,on page 188, he didn’t do this for himself, he was trying to fit in because he thought that he was being judged and just wanted to fit in, yet this does not make his actions acceptable. That would be an example of when it is not ok to change yourself. Another example, would be when Jin didn’t feel like he was fitting in so he started thinking of ways to fit in more, and on page 97-98 he got a perm and he thought by doing that it would classify him as more of an american boy. Usually there are more good things about change then bad. For example, in the beginning on page 29 when the herbalist was telling Jin that he could be anything but he would have to be willing to forfeit his soul. This is foreshadowing many things, for example on page 165 Jin and Amelia were at the movie theater together, and Jin knew that he wanted to be there with her but he was nervous. He had to dedicate himself to her and make the date go well. Also on page 97, he was in class thinking and he finally came up with the idea to get a perm. He thought that it would make him feel more like an american boy and help him feel more comfortable around school so that people could classify him a “white boy”. Yes some bad things can come from changes, but, there are always good things that can come too.
American Born Chinese, page 48
In American Born Chinese a book by Gene Luen Yang is about a Chinese-American boy who has identity issues when he moves into a primarily white neighborhood, the author, Gene Yang, uses comic relief to draw attention to the topic of stereotypes that may be uncomfortable to the reader. When Gene Yang uses humor for comic relief it is usually something we shouldn’t be laughing about. In a PBS Newshour interview by Joshua Barajas, Gene Yang says “Sometimes a stereotype need to be dressed up in bright yellow skin for people to recognize its severity.” For example, readers laugh at the stereotype filled story line of Chin-Kee but there are really offensive stereotypes. On page 48, the reader laughed at the funny pronunciation of words and Chin-Kee’s remarks to Amelia, the girl Danny has a crush on. Those were a couple examples of when the reader shouldn’t laugh at something that is offensive yet we do.
People have laughed at serious things in my lifetime also. This lesson struck home because of a family connection to where people laugh at things that aren’t always funny. In the past years my grandma’s health has been deteriorating, and dementia and the great deal of medicine keeping her alive has taken its toll on her mentally. She has started seeing things and while this sometimes funny it isn’t when she makes my grandpa do something about it. For example, she wakes my grandpa up in the middle of the night because she thinks she saw a mouse when there wasn’t anything there. When I tell some people this it seems funny to them and sometimes they laugh, but it is a very serious issue because neither of them are getting much sleep which is not helping either of their health’s.
My life has some parallel issues to the book. People need to check their own biases because they’re often not true and ignorant. Many times stereotypes are just ignorant, but they become more serious when they are fueled by malice. If the reader could apply lessons learned from the book the world would be a better, more understanding, place. To sum everything up, Gene Yang uses comic relief in the book for a couple of things. One is to bring attention to thing we do in our everyday lives that could be offensive to others. The other is to use stereotypes to prove the theme of the story which is that you can’t escape your true identity.
American Born Chinese, page 194
In Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese there are two main characters that change themselves to be accepted. The Monkey King and Jin willing to change themselves to become accepted. Gene Yang uses these two different characters to show how people change ways to become accepted. For example in the Monkey King’s story he tries to change his identity to become extraordinary. In another story line, Jin, moved from San Francisco to a white suburb, he becomes sad because he had chinese heritage and can’t fit in. Jin tries to change his personality to fit in with the “normal people.” He believes if he can change his personality he will become “normal.” For example on page 98 jin changes his hair to look like the popular boy’s so it can make him look like a american boy. In the Monkey king story he tried to become legendary and godly but he lost sight of who he truly was. In the stories the characters both Jin and the Monkey king change themselves to become something else but lose themselves getting there. For example the Monkey king tries to prove that no one is better than him and is not the nice small monkey he used to be. To sum everything up, the characters in the story American Born Chinese jin and the monkey king are willing to change who they are in order to become popular in jin’s case but godly in the Monkey King’s case.
What are differences between Catherine and David’s
needs, why do David’s needs always come before Catherine’s needs? David has
autism and that does make things harder but should he be getting everything he wants?
Catherine ask for new color pencils and her mom said she could work for them,
but then later that day David asked for a video at the store and he got it,
should that be fair? When David watches TV or listen to a tape he watches and
listens to it on repeat. Are David’s parents the reason he expects
everything he wants he’ll get. David gets to get a video at the store every day
and when Catherine wants one she won’t get it right away like David. In my
opinion I think David’s parents feel it’s their fault for him having Autism so
they try to make up for it. Is that Normal? I know at my house my parents try
to make it as equal as possible. When I was younger my dad and I would go to
the zoo once a month, the first time I went I got a stuffed animal, so the
first time my brother came he really wanted a toy so he got it. I think
that is fair because I had already gotten a toy just before. What do you think
is the right way? Think.
American Born Chinese, page 27
Gene Leun Yang used the symbol of a transformer toy to remind readers that no matter how hard we try to change our exterior, our true form still lies beneath. The herbalist’s wife in American Born Chinese says “It’s easy to become anything you wish, so long as you’re willing to forfeit your soul” (page 27). This is the beginning of a lot of problems that will take longer than people thought to solve. Jin the main character of the book is searching for the normal American life. he wants to be an American boy. Jin doesn’t want the label of American-Chinese because that label adds a lot of issues in his school life. problems he faces are racism, bully’s, stereotypes, and people just assuming that he is related to anyone who looks like him. What he doesn’t understand is that everything comes with a price, small or big, in American Born Chinese it just so happened that the price is your soul (page 27). This is definitely very tempting, you are able to change anything you want about yourself, anything! If I was going to change myself I would change my fingers because there all crocked and are weirdly long, but other than that there isn’t anything I really want to change. For Jin though he’s changing a lot more than fingers he’s changing his whole body. He’s becoming Danny, Jin would not only lose himself becoming Danny he would lose his heritage his connection to his family, a friend and his way. In the book Danny is a duplicate of Greg an American boy in Jin’s class, he is typical American boy he has blonde hair, curly, tall and he has a gang of boys around him at all times (page 33). In some ways Greg is an allusion to the all American boy and a foreshadow of the future. Jin wanted curly blonde hair because of Greg he wanted to be “White” (page 194). In the end you learn that no matter how you change yourself you will never be that person you have tried so hard to be.
People with autism are misunderstood. They sometimes have trouble communicating and people don’t get what they are trying to say. Jason’s speech therapist treats him as if he is a baby because she doesn’t think he can understand what she’s saying to him. Also when Gracie’s brother has his tantrums, he starts screaming and crying and the people around him might not always know why because he can’t talk. People with autism are sometimes seen as weird or “not normal”. For example, again, when Gracie’s brother does throw tantrums, its usually because things did not happen in the exact order they were supposed to go. That is also what happened in the book Rules, to David when he wanted to go to the video store at exactly 5 o’clock. There are a couple ways that you can prevent autistic people from having these random out breaks. You could try make it that everything for them is always or as close to the same thing every day. Or you could make a way for them to communicate with you efficiently so you can always be clear on what they want and need. In conclusion, autistic people do unexpected things all the time, but sometimes you just have to find the little things that help you understand them and them understand you.