"You’re supposed to be offended. That was the desired response."
After an initial reading of American Born Chinese your average librarian will recognize the fine line Yang is able to walk. It's not an easy book. Not one that allows you to skim through it without getting sucked in and having to (gasp, shudder) think. Then I saw this piece on the First Second blog.
Apparently, MySpace has made American Born Chinese a featured book... Not all good news, though, since it seems to come with a rather tasteless ad campaign that uses the Chin-Kee character out of context, and has led to all kinds of discussions among people who haven't read the book. Gene Yang responds.Disregarding whether or not you've read the book in question, I can't recommend this piece enough. I was unable to locate the ad campaign in question though I did find the featured book page, comments and all. It isn't convincing me that I need a MySpace page anytime soon, that's for sure.