American Born Chinese | Study Guide

Gene Luen Yang

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American Born Chinese | Characters

Character Description
Jin Wang Jin Wang is an Asian American teenager who hates being different from his classmates because of his race and heritage. Read More
Monkey King The Monkey King is a legendary character from Chinese mythology. He's known for his magical powers and terrible temper. Read More
Wei-Chen Wei-Chen is a Taiwanese immigrant and Jin's best friend. Introduced as Wei-Chen Sun (Wei-Zhen Sun), he is thereafter referred to as simply Wei-Chen. Read More
Danny Danny is an all-American teenager who doesn't quite fit in. Read More
Chin-Kee Chin-Kee is Danny's annoying cousin from China. Read More
Amelia Amelia Harris is Jin's seventh-grade love interest. Throughout the narrative she is referred to by her first name only.
Ao-Kuang Ao-Kuang is the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea. He was tasked with executing the Monkey King and failed.
Celestial gatekeeper The celestial gatekeeper refuses to admit the Monkey King to the heavenly banquet.
Peter Garbinsky At Jin Wang's new school, Peter Garbinsky is his first "friend." Peter continuously takes advantage of Jin and when they play, Jin ends up embarrassed or hurt.
Mr. Graham Mr. Graham is Jin Wang and Wei-Chen's seventh grade science teacher.
Mrs. Greeder Mrs. Greeder is Jin Wang's third grade teacher.
Greg Greg, a classmate, asks Jin Wang to stop pursuing Amelia because he thinks Jin isn't worthy of her.
Herbalist's wife The herbalist's wife is from Jin Wang's Chinatown neighborhood. She appears to Jin in a dream and transforms him into Danny.
Melanie Melanie is Danny's love interest and study partner. He blames Chin-Kee when Melanie says she just wants to be friends.
Suzy Nakamura Suzy Nakamura is the only other Asian American student in Jin Wang's third grade class. In seventh grade she dates Wei-Chen.
Steve Steve is Danny's teammate from the varsity basketball team. He's very friendly to Danny until he finds out that Chin-Kee urinated in his Coke.
Timmy Timmy is the bully who accuses Jin Wang of eating dog meat.
Tze-Yo-Tzuh Tze-Yo-Tzuh (Ziyōuzhē) is meant to represent the Christian God. When the Monkey King won't listen to reason, Tze-Yo-Tzuh imprisons him underneath a mountain of rock.
Wong Lai-Tsao Wong Lai-Tsao is a monk tasked by Tze-Yo-Tzuh to deliver three packages to the West. The Monkey King is his disciple.
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