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2007 Michael L. Printz Award Winner

2007 Eisner Award Winner
Best Graphic Album - New

2006 National Book Award Nominee

American Born Chinese

colored by Lark Pien
published by First Second Books
recommended for High School and Up, or Middle School in Moderated Settings


I started American Born Chinese about five years into my comics career. (Though at the time, it was less a career and more a hobby since I wasn’t making any money at it.) I’d done a couple of stories with Asian-American protagonists, but I never dealt with the Asian-American experience head-on. Since my own ethnic heritage is such an important part of how I understand myself, I knew I wanted to. I came up with three ideas and couldn’t decide which one was the best. American Born Chinese is me doing all three at once.

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