How the Award-Winning Creator of “American Born Chinese” Developed His Craft

Before it was a Disney show, American Born Chinese was a graphic novel. Here’s how creator Gene Luen Yang developed it

Herbert Lui
SIMPLE
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12 min readJun 14, 2023

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Photo: Hamline University

On May 24, Disney debuted the TV series American Born Chinese. Here’s my 2017 interview with the creator of the original graphic novel

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Herbert Lui
SIMPLE
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Covering the psychology of creative work for content creators, professionals, hobbyists, and independents. Author of Creative Doing: https://www.holloway.com/cd