Jin Wang starts at a new school where heÕs the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesnÕt want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because heÕs in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-KeeÕs annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins DannyÕs reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. HeÕs ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But thereÕs no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? TheyÕre going to have to find a wayÑif they want fix the disasters their lives have become.
American Born Chinese is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.