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Drawing New Color LinesTransnational Asian American Graphic Narratives$
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Monica Chiu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139385

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139385.001.0001

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When the Monkey King Travels across the Pacific and Back

When the Monkey King Travels across the Pacific and Back

Reading Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese in China

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Drawing New Color Lines

Kuilan Liu

Hong Kong University Press

Kuilan Liu’s essay finds Yang’s image of the Monkey King in American Born Chinese offensive, given the rich history both in Chinese literature and media, of the revered Monkey King. Her essay examines the meanings appended to Yang’s decidedly ugly and dishonorable Monkey King, interpreted through Chinese reviews and her undergraduate students’ gut reactions to the text’s images. What does not get translated across nations becomes Liu’s focal point.

Keywords:   Asian American, Graphic novels, Comic Artists, Race, Asia, America, Caricatures, Manga, Visual studies, Pop Culture

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