Talk:Gene Luen Yang

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What year was he born? I saw 1973 somewhere on the Web but can't confirm.

I have just reworked this article and had him review it. He confirmed that his birth date is what is in the article because he didn't correct it. Veganchic (talk) 21:28, 24 April 2012 (UTC)


Benedetti, Angelina, and Cindy Dobrez. "Gene Luen Yang Wins 2007 Printz Award." Young Adult Library Services 5.3 (2007): 22-23. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 Mar. 2012.

Gutierrez, Peter. "Integrating Graphica into Your Curriculum: Recommended Titles for Grades 6-12." ALAN Reviel. (2009): n. page. Web.

Hunt, Johnathan. "Borderlands: Worth a Thousand Words." Horn Book Magazine. (2008): 423. Print. <>.

Yang, Gene Luen. (2011, Telling the old, old story. Sojourners Magazine, 40(9), 44-45,47-48. Retrieved from

Yang, Gene Luen speech at Penn State University

~~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Veganchic (talkcontribs) 05:07, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

You need to find secondary sources, ideally peer-reviewed sources. So, blogs written by Yang or speeches given by him are not the kinds of sources we want to start with. There are plenty of secondary sources on this book. See some of what your fellow classmate found at Talk:American Born Chinese. Wadewitz (talk) 18:59, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Outline for Article Updates[edit]

There is so much that needs to be changed and added to this article. I plan to:

  • Rewrite both the intro and the overview

Both sections need updated with more current and accurate information. They also need to be better written.

  • Add a section for his Life

Need to find sources to support but it is extremely difficult to find secondary sources for this so hopefully I am able to find more than just the speeches and interviews I have.

  • Add a section for all of his Literary Works.

Need to find more sources to support.

  • Add a section for Themes of his works

Explain and describe the themes of his works.

  • Add a section for Awards he has received.

Find a few more sources to support.

  • Add links through out the article.

Veganchic (talk) 03:55, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

This looks very good. How is the search for sources going? Wadewitz (talk) 18:11, 27 March 2012 (UTC)
Feedback I've already e-mailed you regarding this page, but I simply wanted to post here to let you know that I'm available to help on Wikipedia through my talk as well as my e-mail--if you post to my talk, I will receive a notification in my inbox. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 04:00, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Suggestions for Improvement[edit]

Well it looks like you are still in the finding resources stage, which will be very important to the editing of this article because you are going to need to add more sections and a lot more information. I hope your search is going well. Your outline sounds great and if you're able to accomplish all of it, the article will be greatly improved. I also hope you are able to find an image for the article. Good luck! Crazykaystar (talk) 22:03, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

More Suggestions[edit]

So far, everything you have written is very clear and concise. The sources you have are decent, but keep looking for reviews from journals (I know there isn't much, though!). I have a few questions that might help direct further research and/or help you add a few details: 1) Do you have relative dates for "Prime Baby" and "The Eternal Smile"? I see they are listed in sequential order, but the years they were released would be nice. You could try Gene Yang's web site or even better, the publisher's. 2)Have you found any reviews of his various novels, and/or artwork in San Francisco? These would be great for a section entitled "Public Feedback" or "Criticism" or something. You have a lot of work ahead in order to comb through so much, but I might look for newspaper and/or magazine articles from the city Yang lives in, or the headquarters of his publisher. Look for things around the date of his first publication. The research librarians can be a great help for specific research like that. So far, great job.Kida5887 (talk) 18:13, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

  • Here is a resource that might be of interest to you: Gomes, Cheryl. "Navigating through Social Norms, Negotiating Place: How American Born Chinese Motivates Struggling Learners." English Journal. 100.2 (2010): 68. Web. 4 Mar. 2012.
  • This piece talks about Gene Yang helping a class of struggling learners with a blog about American Born Chinese. That might be a good little bit for biography. Kida5887 (talk) 21:17, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

Gene Yang's Preferences[edit]

I was in contact with Gene Yang via email during the process of my edits on this article and per his request, I intentionally left out the names of his wife, children, and parents. Please keep that in mind when making further edits to this article. Thank You! Veganchic (talk) 21:13, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

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I'm adding this author's name to a list of authors. Should it be alphabetized under Luen or Yang? With North American and European names, sometimes I can tell if the "middle" name is a given name or a surname, but with Asians, I can never tell. Thanks for your help. -Howarthe (talk) 02:06, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

His surname is Yang. -Jason A. Quest (talk) 23:29, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

"Believes" to have been born hither or thither?[edit]

A person born in the USA in 1973 "believes he was born in either [X] or [Y]". BELIEVES??!! I am sorry, but who is crazy here? Birth records have been compulsory worldwide since the second half of the 19th century.

But he evidently hasn't seen them. Unless you can prove otherwise, or can provide a better source than what he's said, that's all we can report. -Jason A. Quest (talk) 23:29, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

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