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A video interview with

Gene Yang

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang wrestled with his identity growing up, but he’s made the Chinese-American experience one of the main subjects of his critically acclaimed work. One of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship winners and the 2016 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Yang sits down with Jeffrey Brown from PBS NewsHour to discuss his childhood, his love of coding, and the feeling of being an outsider.

You can watch the interview below, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Gene Yang, or see a selected list of his children's books.

Brief biography

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 2006, his graphic novel, American Born Chinese — a memoir about growing up as an Asian American — became the first graphic novel to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. He is the author of the Secret Coders series and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. In 2016, Yang was named the 5Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and selected as a MacArthur Fellow.

To learn more, visit Gene Yang's official website.

You might also want to watch Gene's video blog, Reading Without Walls, on Reading Rockets. Gene sits down with authors and illustrators (including some of his favorite graphic novel creators) that he meets as he travels the country in his role as ambassador.

"You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me." — Strickland Gillilan