To Be Yourself by Ade


American Born Chinese, page 149

From the American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang through the story of the Monkey King teaches readers the importance of being ourselves. Although he is already a king, the Monkey King want to be a god.  he wants to all of monkey wear shoes at first time. When Monkey King met the monk, the monk said “Find your real self.” He teaches Monkey King to accept his “true form” and be happy as a monkey. Monkey King decided to change himself. When he finds Tze-Yo-Tzuh to ask why created him, Tze-Yo-Tzuh said “I created you, you just a monkey, a real monkey.” Monkey King learn something from monk and Tze-Yo-Tzuh. He started to be real self, he learns Kung-Fu and magic, he knows what a monkey he is. Finally, Monkey King teaches Jin to accept himself, to be a real boy as when monk teaches him before.

This part also teaches me to be myself, just like me, I don’t need to be somebody. My own way will different as others.



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