Pinti, Daniel: "Theology and Identity in Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese." In: Literature and Theology 30.2 (2016), S. 233–247.
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Keywords: "American Born Chinese", Religion, USA, Yang. Gene Luen
Collection: Literature and Theology
While Gene Yang’s acclaimed and widely-read graphic novel, American Born Chinese, has been the subject of scholarship focused on its representation of the formation of its young protagonist’s bicultural identity, critics have largely ignored its intensive and profound engagement with theological concepts. Christian allusions and visual imagery are prominently present at significant points in the book, interwoven with the Chinese legend of the Monkey King and the Bildungsroman narrative of the main character, Jin Wang. This article argues that theological discourses, verbal and visual, are constitutive elements in the characters’ experiences, understandings, and discovery of identity in American Born Chinese.
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