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"American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang

August 19, 2015
Through three interlinked stories, this award-winning graphic novel explores assimilation, racism, and stereotypes.
deity
Now the monkey king was a deity in his own right.
discipline
He quickly mastered thousands of minor disciplines as well as the four major heavenly disciplines, prerequisites to immortality.
fidget
He fidgeted this way and that (monkeys just aren't very good at waiting) but forced himself to stay in line.
anticipation
By the time the monkey king arrived at the front gate, he was beside himself with anticipation.
sovereign
"I am the sovereign ruler of flower-fruit mountain, where the flowers bloom year-round and the fruits are heavy with nectar!"
parable
"My mother once told me an old Chinese parable."
haggle
Every day when the son played, he pretended to buy and sell sticks he found on the street, haggling over prices with his friends.
forfeit
"...so long as you're willing to forfeit your soul."
decree
The morning after the dinner party the monkey king issued a decree throughout all of flower-fruit mountain.
fervently
He locked himself deep down in the inner bowels of his royal chamber, where he studied kung-fu more fervently than ever.
seclusion
"Sire, on the first night of your seclusion, the winds carried this down from heaven."
transcend
"This 'monkey king' it speaks of no longer exists, for I have mastered twelve major disciplines of kung-fu and transcended my former title!"
sage
"I am now the great sage, equal of heaven."
immortality
The great sage then visited Lao-tzu, patron of immortality...
tangible
"From then on, she became a tangible presence in my life."
ponder
"I pondered these things by myself before telling Wei-chen."
paranoid
"Come on, Jin. Don't be so paranoid. They were just talking!"
stilted
"I remember a jolt of confidence, a stilted question, and a word from her lips..."
behoove
"You know, people - it would behoove you all to be a little more like Chin-kee."
inevitable
"Come on, now. We both knew it was inevitable."
jeopardize
"It's about us being friends, and me not wanting to jeopardize that!"
eloquence
The third was Jiang Tao, whose sermons were of such eloquence that even the bamboo wept in repentance.
repentance
The third was Jiang Tao, whose sermons were of such eloquence that even the bamboo wept in repentance.
vagrant
...and share it with the vagrants who lived just outside of town.
peril
"Your journey will not be without peril."
impudence
"Come closer so I can beat you for your impudence!"
disciple
"There's one... more thing, dear disciple."
dissipate
"The bubbles had dissipated by the time we got our milkshakes, and Amelia gave no indication that she'd even noticed them."
unmitigated
"Cousin Da-nee no risten, now must suffer unmitigated fury of spicy szechuan dragon!"
emissary
"I am the monkey king, emissary of Tze-yo-tzuh."
virtue
For his test of virtue, Wei-chen was asked to live in the mortal world for forty years, all the while remaining free from human vice.
parameter
"You know the parameters of your test strictly forbid such behavior!"
pinnacle
Tze-yo-tzuh considers them the pinnacle of his creation.
petty
"I've found humans to be petty, soulless creatures."
servitude
"...but anything is better than a lifetime of servitude to humans."

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Monday December 14th 2015, 7:27 AM
Comment by: Alexinetje (Netherlands)
I want to read the book

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