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American Born Chinese | Study Guide

Gene Luen Yang

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Gene Luen Yang

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Drama, Fantasy, Mythology

Perspective and Narrator

American Born Chinese follows three different story lines that converge at the end of the book. The primary story is about Jin Wang and his friend Wei-Chen. Their story is narrated in the first-person from Jin's perspective. The story of the Monkey King is told from the perspective of a third-person omniscient narrator. Danny and Chin-Kee's story, which is presented as a television sitcom, is told by a third-person limited narrator.


American Born Chinese is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

"American Born Chinese" refers to the book's main character, Jin Wang, who is a first-generation Chinese American born to immigrant parents. Culturally, this phrase—and its acronym, ABC—is used to describe any natural born American citizen of Chinese descent.


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