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Chapter 1

1. What are the psychological transformations the Monkey King experiences in the first chapter?

Chapter 2

1. p 23 - 24 What is the message of the parable? What is its relevance to ABC?
2. p 27 - 28 What is the significance of the conversation with the herbalist? His response? Her "warning?" How does this work as a foreshadowing device?
3. p 30 - 31 What do we learn about Jin's new life in comparison to his life in San Francisco's Chinatown?
4. p 33 The kids who calls Jin "bucktooth" is drawn with buck teeth himself. What purpose does this serve?
5. p 36 What happens that makes Jin want to beat up Wei-Chen?

Chapter 3

1. What does the use of the clap clap clap and ha ha ha mean to you? Why does the author do this? What about the title, "Everyone Ruvs Chin-Kee?"
2. What stereotypes are exploited in this section? Make a list of them. Be sure to note stereotypes for both Chin-Kee and Danny.

Chapter 4

1. p 62 - 63 examine the way that the Monkey King is illustrated. In what way does his transformed appearance reflect his transformed character?
2. What happens to the Monkey King each time he is laughed at by another god. Can you connect this to question #1 from chapter 1?
3. p 80 - 81 explore again the theme of the Monkey King's psychological profile. What might he be experiencing here?

Chapter 5

1. Look at the Melanie in the Chin-Kee chapters and Amelia Harris in Jin's chapters, they are nearly identical. What other connections can you trace between these two story lines?
2. p 89 What differences are there between Jin and Wei Chen in how they are represented? What psychological information can we infer about Wei Chen when he dates Suzy Nakamura? What lesson is Wei Chen teaching Jin?
3. p 90 - 92 Why the dashed lines around the speech balloons? What other kinds of lines are around the speech balloons throughout the story? What information does the line convey?
4. p 104 - 105 Jin says "everything was a blur," how does the author show this?

Chapter 6

1. Returning to the question of stereotypes, what other stereotypes do you notice in this section? Look at all of the characters.
2. p 123 Why does Danny try to distance himself from Chin-Kee? How does he do it?
3. p 126 - 127 What clues can you find to explain why Chin-Kee comes to visit? Why, do you deduce, is it that Chin-Kee comes to visit?
4. p 128 Why does Danny say, "so I can pee in it?" What psychological impulse might make him say that?

Chapter 7

1. p 139 Why has Lai-Tsao found favor with Tze-Yo-Tzuh?
2. p145 What does Lai-Tsao mean when he talks to the Monkey King in panel #4?
3. Why does the Monkey King choose to release himself and follow Lai-Tsao?
4. p163 How do the two voices get represented on this page? To whom do they belong? How do they relate to each other?
5. p 175 panel #4 The author shows kids laughing while Wei-Chen is talking to Amelia. What does the juxtaposition of this panel with the other panels on the page do for the reader?
6. p 180 - 183 How does the author emphasize Jin's emotions? What other examples of this have you noticed throughout the book?
7. p 187 Why does Suzy say she feels embarrassed all of the time? Why do you think Jin kisses Suzy?
8. 191 Why does Jin reject Wei-Chen? What might be going on with Jin, from a psychological point of view?
9. 193 - 194 What is the significance of the dream? Make sure you look at all the illustrations carefully and study them for subtle meaning.
10. p 198 What has happened here? What was your own emotional/psychological reaction to this moment?

Chapter 8

1. p 213 Who is Danny? Who is Chin-Kee? What does this mean? What are their true forms?
2. p 215 As it turned out, the star was the star of Bethlehem and the three boxes were the three gifts from the three wise men. What significance does this hold for the story American Born Chinese?
3. p 221 What does the Monkey King mean by a "sign post to your soul"?
4. p 223 How might the 4th panel apply to Jin?
5. p 226 Jin reveals that he can't read Chinese. What do you think is significant about that?
6. Jin doesn't know why he's going to the bakery, but he goes night after night. Why?
7. This book ends with a conversation about milk tea. Wei-Chen is speaking Chinese. Why does the book end like this? What can we infer about these two characters? What predictions do you make about each of them?