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The Blog of Gene Luen Yang - Chop Chop
Chop Chop 


Over at his blog, Dr. K has been discussing Chop Chop , the Chinese mascot of DC Comics' superteam The Blackhawks. Chop Chop is an ancestor to my character Cousin Chin-kee. Anyone who is interested in the history of stereotypes will find these posts fascinating.

Tami 
I hate to admit this because I am an adult who loves to read and as read many books. But, when I started American Born Chinese I expected it to be fluff because it was a graphic novel. Imgaine my surprise when I found real lessons about, racism, self hate, and pride through the book. I'm a Black female and I never really thought about what other ethnic groups go through in terms of identity and acceptance. I really, really respect this book and look forward to teaching it in my class. I'm also interested in the Chop Chop business. Forgive my ignorance but, who is he?

Tami Harshaw
UALR Graduate Student
Little Rock, AR

Administrator (Gene Yang) 
Derek Kirk Kim is a jerk.

dkk 
Whoa, he looks just like you!

Tiffany 
I also recommend the wonderful documentary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Slanted_Screen
http://www.slantedscreen.com/

which covers the history of Asian men in Hollywood

Andy Kunka (Dr. K) 
Gene,

You just made my day. The research I happen to be doing on these cultural stereotypes is building up toward American Born Chinese, looking at Chop-Chop and Chin-kee side by side. Thanks for the link and the kind words. I really enjoy your work, and I hope to teach ABC in the near future.



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