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American Born Chinese

January 28, 2008

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award.

As one of the few Chinese Americans in his predominantly white school in Northern California, Yang wrestled not just with all the usual questions of childhood, but also with often subtle forms of racism. (from The Bryant Park Project – NPR)

I was not aware of this comic book graphic novel until NPR’s story. Well, his drawing style wouldn’t catch my eyes. 😛 Anyway, the nomination as finalist is in general a good news for graphic novels and comic artists.

Check out the audio slideshow, where Mr. Yang talks about his novel and ideas behind it. Also the wiki entry.

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