American Born Chinese Quotes

Gene Luen Yang
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My father sold wigs door-to-door.
-- Jin (Chapter 2 paragraph Page 25)

Importance: This quote indicates just how hard Jin's family struggled when they first came to the United States.

...you are still a monkey.
-- Security Guard (Chapter 1 paragraph Page 15)

Importance: This quote happens when the Monkey King tries to go to the deities party and is told that he can't come in, that he is a monkey. This shows and sets up the feelings of prejudice and humiliation which Jin, himself, also relates to. It also becomes the catalyst that changes the Monkey King.

Long ago, a mother and her young son lived near a marketplace. Every day when the son played he pretended to buy and sell sticks he found on the street, haggling over prices with his friends.
-- Narrator (Chapter 2 paragraph Page 23)

Importance: This quote is important because it shows that even at an early age, Jin was trying to assimilate and blend in to whatever surroundings he found himself in. When the family moves near...

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