Local Boy Done Good – Gene Yang

Mark wrote about the nominations for the National Book Awards, and the finalists were mentioned… Gene Yang of Oakland/Saratoga, is a finalist- he wrote a touching entry on his blog about finding out that he was a finalist. Also, a review in this weekend’s Chronicle. He’s a teacher in Oakland and grew up in Saratoga. Go Gene! Can’t wait to read his graphic novel American Born Chinese.

His note on getting interviewed by prestigious World Journal:

The reporter from the Chronicle called early in the morning and politely made an appointment. The reporter from the World Journal came into my classroom completely unannounced, before the school day was over, while I was working with students. It reminded me of something a Chinese uncle would do. Maybe this is why some folks think all Chinese people are related – we treat each other like relatives. Luckily it was an MP period (sort of like Study Hall, except with computers) and I was able to speak with her for a while. (And, in case you’re wondering, I wasn’t mad at all. It was an honor. The World Journal is more highly regarded than the New York Times by my parents and their friends.)

1 Comment so far

  1. Nicole Lee (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    Gene is a great guy and totally deserves this :) You should definitely read the book; it’s a great read.

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