Gene Luen Yang Lecture

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Kirkhof Center » RM 2250 GRAND RIVER ROOM

Gene Luen Yang is a critically acclaimed Chinese-American graphic novelist.  His works explore the conflict between East and West, blending Chinese mythology, Christian iconography, and American popular culture.  His 2006 work, American Born Chinese (2006), the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, tells the story of Jin, a young man desperate to discard his Chinese heritage. His most recent graphic novel, Boxers and Saints, a two-volume account of the Boxer Rebellion, has been nominated for a National Book Award.  

Gene Yang has also been a long-time advocate for using comics in the classroom.  A former high school math teacher, Yang drew web comics to explain algebra concepts to his students.  American Born Chinese is often taught in high school and college English courses.  His lecture is titled "Comics in the Classroom."  A book signing and reception will follow.  To advertise this event in your department or school, download the poster.

Yang recently spoke to the English Department's Robert Rozema about Boxers and Saints, comics in education. Read the interview in the Language Arts Journal of Michigan.   



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Gene Luen Yang Lecture