To find your true identity within the will of Tze Yo Tzuh...that is the highest of all freedoms.

— Gene Luen Yang

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It's easy to become anything you wish . . . so long as you're willing to forfeit your soul.

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Zombies aren't about zombies. It's not about the dead bodies. I think it's a very hopeful subgenre. It says that regardless of what happens, humanity will get through it. We'll figure out a way to survive.

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In the '40s and '50s, a lot of teachers and librarians saw the graphic novel as the enemy of reading.

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My best teachers, the teachers who had the deepest effect on my reading, combined the two. They would mix required reading with reading where you had some choice, you had some autonomy. There's a place for both. A good teacher will know how to find that balance.

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I think reading has got so many more enemies now that graphic novels have kind of flipped over to that side.

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Wait." "So what am I supposed to do now?" "You know, Jin, I would have saved myself from five hundred years' imprisonment beneath a mountain of rock had I only realized how good it is to be a monkey." (222-223)

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I was always a slow reader, from the very beginning.

I remember in first grade our teacher divided us into groups, and I was definitely in the slow group. She didn't call it that, but everybody in the class knew. But I still loved reading. Being a slow reader affected my grades in school, but it didn't affect my love for reading. I still loved going to the library, and I still loved reading books.

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What is China but a people and their stories?

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Building a habit of reading leads to all sorts of reading.

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Sometimes, a fight you cannot win is still worth fighting.

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If you look at our world, we're becoming so much more diverse in every sense of the word. It's not just about culture or identity. It's also about the different ways we communicate.

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As somebody who's kind of a technophile, I'm interested in how traditional and digital publishing connect. Maybe ten years ago they were seen as antagonists, but now they complement each other. There's data that shows digital sales actually drive print sales. And even the ways in which pictures and words, text and image, interact - we're seeing these books that are very hard to categorize. All of that is very exciting to me.

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About Gene Luen Yang

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday August 9, 1973

I think a lot of us who are in books now were nervous children.

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I liked interacting with students. I liked having coworkers. For a long time, I was really worried that sitting at home by myself in front of a computer was going to make me crazy.

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At the very core of what a comic is, time and space are kind of the same thing.

When your reader moves her eyes across the page, she should be moving through time in your story.

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One of the ways [racism] pops up is when they turn a comic into a live-action movie and there's this temptation to make Asian characters white.

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Coming from the world of comics, I was very surprised that writers and illustrators, for the most part, don't talk, and they don't collaborate.

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I find that nowadays it's just gotten harder for me to read for fun.

It feels like all of my reading is research-based.

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Superheroes are also about immigrants.

Superman, the prototype of all superheroes, is a prototypical immigrant. His homeland was in crisis, so his parents sent him to America in search of a better life. He has two names, one American, Clark Kent, and the other foreign, Kal-El. He wears two sets of clothes and lives in between two cultures. He loves his new country, but a part of him still longs for his old one.

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