Join us for an episode screening of American Born Chinese followed by a panel discussion including American Born Chinese writer and creator, Gene Yang, and American Born Chinese show-runner, Kelvin Yu.
Together, we will explore the complexities and creative choices of Episode 7, unpacking the various connections that bring this television program to life: from page to screen, Chinese mythology to the challenges of Asian American boyhood, and dynamics within the talented cast and crew. Gene Luen Yang’s thought-provoking, genre-defying graphic novel, and subsequent beloved television program, American Born Chinese, masterfully weaves together tales of identity, acceptance, and cultural assimilation.
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ABOUT EPISODE 7 of American Born Chinese
SYNOPSIS: When Guanyin reveals the truth about the pendant, Wei-Chen’s hopes of rescuing his father from Bull Demon look increasingly grim. Meanwhile, Jin learns his parents might be separating, which drives him to an outburst that lands him in the principal’s office. Elsewhere, at the Beyond Repair reunion show, Jamie Yao discusses his experience playing an iconic TV character.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. He is the Library of Congress’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second Books, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. In 2023, it was made into a television series for Disney+. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints won the L.A. Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist. His non-fiction graphic novel Dragon Hoops received a Printz Honor, an Eisner Award, and a Harvey Award. In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
Actor, producer, and screenwriter Kelvin Yu is the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the Disney+ series American Born Chinese, based on the graphic novel of the same name. In addition, Yu is a writer and executive producer on Fox’s long-running animated series Bob’s Burgers, for which he won a Primetime Emmy. He also served as showrunner and executive producer of Apple TV+‘s Central Park. As a performer, Yu has appeared in more than 60 television series and films, including Master of None, The Afterparty, Milk, and Wonder Woman 1994.