This graphic novel has been nominated for and won numerous awards. I've been hearing a lot about it, especially since Gene Yang became the writer for DC's Superman series. I was pleased to get the chance to finally read it. American Born Chinese tells three separate stories: Jin Wang is a Chinese-American middle school student, who's dealing with friendship, bullies, first love, and other typical middle school issues, as well as the ever-present racism he faces. This part of the story reads much like a memoir. Another story follows the Monkey King, a thousand-year-old deity. This story reads like myth and fable, teaching us a truth about life in the real world. The third story is about Danny, an all-American boy and his cousin Chin-Kee who visits yearly and wrecks poor Danny's life. Chin-Kee is presented in the most blatantly racist manner possible, in both his appearance and dialouge, as well as his actions. This section reads like a TV sitcom, complete with laugh track ("hahahahaha" printed at the bottom of panels throughout). The way these three stories come together in the end is clever and surprising. Yang tells a great story of what it's like to be Chinese-American in America today, or really, what it's like to be different in any way. It's a story that almost everyone should be able to relate to and to take something away from. The artwork is cartoony and simplistic; it reminds me most of what one might find in a newspaper comic strip. But it's perfect for the telling of this story. A great read with multiple layers. And a great example of the power of the graphic novel form.