Quotes from American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang ·  240 pages

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“It's easy to become anything you wish . . . so long as you're willing to forfeit your soul.”
― Gene Luen Yang, quote from American Born Chinese


“Wait."
"So what am I supposed to do now?"

"You know, Jin, I would have saved myself from five hundred years' imprisonment beneath a mountain of rock had I only realized how good it is to be a monkey."

(222-223)”
― Gene Luen Yang, quote from American Born Chinese


“To find your true identity within the will of Tze Yo Tzuh...that is the highest of all freedoms.”
― Gene Luen Yang, quote from American Born Chinese


“I do not make mistakes, little monkey. A monkey I intended you to be. A monkey you are.”
― Gene Luen Yang, quote from American Born Chinese


“Class, I'd like us all to give a warm mayflower elementary welcome to your new friend and classmate Jing Jang!"

"Jin Wang"

"Jin wang!"

"He and his family recently moved to our neighborhood all the way from China!"

"San Francisco."

"San Francisco!"

"Yes, Timmy."

"My momma says Chinese people eat dogs."

"Now be nice, Timmy!" -km sure Jin doesn't do that! In fact, Jin's family probably stopped that sort of thing as soon as they came to the united states!"

The only other asian in my class was Suzy Nakamura.

When the class finally figured out that we weren't related, rumors began to circulate that suzy and I were arranged to be married on her thirteenth birthday.

We avoided each other as much as possible.

(30-31)”
― Gene Luen Yang, quote from American Born Chinese



About the author

Gene Luen Yang
Born place: in Alameda, The United States
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