USF Book Club: American Born Chinese

We’re shaking it up at the USF Book Club!

We enjoyed challenging ourselves by reading heady, nonfiction essays so much that we’re discussing a   g r a p h i c  n o v e l   in July!


We’re reading American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang and will discuss it on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, from 12 noon – 1 pm. We’re meeting in the Community Garden (East side of Lone Mountain, next to the Education building), which is a lovely respite from our stuffy offices.

You can request American Born Chinese through the library’s free service, Link+, by clicking here. The book will be delivered to Gleeson Library in about 4 business days.


Hope to see you there!

8 thoughts on “USF Book Club: American Born Chinese”

  1. Meeting in the garden this week was fun. I was amazed at how beautifully and how fast people’s plots have grown since I was last there in the spring. And it was great to see new faces at the book group. I’m looking forward to another lively lunchtime discussion for this book. Note to self: bring sunscreen.

    I just read an interview with Gene Yang (who teaches high school in Oakland) here and discovered his website.

    When asked about graphic novels vs “real books” he had an interesting response:

    I like old ways of doing things. Combining words and pictures in books, though, isn’t new. … Books are about communication. And books communicating through images, even sequential images, aren’t something new trying to substitute for the tried and true. They’ve always been there. They’re getting more attention now, sure. But they aren’t going to replace the prose novel. Instead, what I think we’ll see is a bleeding of the boundaries between media. Comics will bleed into prose and vice versa.

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