The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 17, No 2 (2014)

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“But You Are Still a Monkey”: American Born Chinese and Racial Self-Acceptance

Mike Cadden

Abstract


Mike Cadden’s “‘But You Are Still a Monkey’: American Born Chinese and Racial Self-Acceptance” calls into question the wide acknowledgement of Gene Luen Yang’s young adult graphic novel, American Born Chinese, as a positive model of ethnic identity. This call for reassessment surfaces and questions passive assumptions about traditionally privileged subject positions (e.g. whiteness, maleness), suggesting that perhaps such ideologies are more powerful and have more currency than progressive and forward-thinking scholars and educators would like to admit.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

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