73 pages 2 hours read

Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese

Fiction | Graphic Novel/Book | Middle Grade | Published in 2006

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.

Sections 1-3

Reading Check

1. What are the four “major heavenly disciplines” that the Monkey King has mastered?

2. Why is the Monkey King not allowed to enter the party?

3. What toy does Wei-Chen have that Jin is interested in?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. What does Jin want to be when he grows up? How does the herbalist respond?

2. Who is Peter Garbinsky? Describe Jin’s relationship with this character.

3. Who is “Chin-Kee?” How is this character represented and how does Danny respond to his visit?

Paired Resources

Media Matters: Why Asian American Representation in Media is a Social Justice Issue

  • This 2022 article in Asian American Policy Review reflects on the important role of media representation for Asian Americans (Teacher-appropriate; not student-facing).
  • The article offers concrete solutions to ending Otherness and the Effects of Racism and Discrimination regarding Asian American representation in the media.

Asian Americans Need More and Better Roles in Film, ASU Experts Say

  • This article by Arizona State University discusses the under-representation of Asians in films.