Quotes by: Gene Luen Yang

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My experience of Chinese culture is indirect, through echoes. When I approach the cashier at my local Chinese supermarket, they switch to English before I've even said a word. They somehow know that I'm not quite Chinese enough.
Gene Luen Yang
I noticed that when my daughter was born, my son really, really liked her. But then as she started getting older, and as she started crawling around our house and touching different things that were his, sibling rivalry issues started appearing.
Gene Luen Yang
My experiences growing up in both a Chinese American household and the Catholic Church define much of who I am.
Gene Luen Yang
It's just nerve-wracking in general to write 'Superman,' right? I'm a life-long superhero fan, and he is the character that kicked off the entire genre.
Gene Luen Yang
'The Green Turtle' was created in the 1940s by a cartoonist named Chu Hing, one of the first Asian Americans to work in the American comic book industry.
Gene Luen Yang
The project that I did between 'Boxer & Saints' was 'The Shadow Hero,' which is illustrated by Sonny Liew, an artist who lives in Singapore.
Gene Luen Yang
I'm a cartoonist. I write and draw comic books and graphic novels. I'm also a coder.
Gene Luen Yang
Going from idea to production is a huge hurdle. It took me a while to overcome it. It's basically all about self discipline, right?
Gene Luen Yang
During the Cultural Revolution, the communists came in, and what they wanted to do was eradicate all sense of traditional Chinese culture.
Gene Luen Yang
In my classroom, I would start my lessons with a quick review of an old topic. Then, I would introduce a new topic. Finally, I would give my students a problem to solve on their own, one that would reinforce what I'd just taught.
Gene Luen Yang
Creativity requires input, and that's what research is. You're gathering material with which to build.
Gene Luen Yang
Dichotomies are an inherent part of comics, aren't they? Comics are both pictures and words. They blend time and space. Many feature characters with dual identities like Bruce Wayne/Batman. Cartoonists also tend to live dichotomous lives because many of us have day jobs.
Gene Luen Yang
I would hope that maybe math teachers could use 'Prime Baby' as a way of establishing an emotional connection between students and numbers.
Gene Luen Yang
This is a profession for me, but I started off as a self-publisher working on my own schedule and my own stuff before moving on to graphic novels with First Second Books, where there was definitely a schedule, but it was very different from monthly comics.
Gene Luen Yang
With my own comics, I try hard to get the vision in my head onto paper, to have one match the other as closely as possible. With the 'Airbender' comics, I'm working with someone else's vision, an already-established vision. I want to stay true to what's come before.
Gene Luen Yang
There's bleeding between age groups in terms of reading material, and there's bleeding between media. So there are books that are clearly comics and books that are prose, and then there are these books that are kind of in-between.
Gene Luen Yang
I never worked a job that required research. I'm not really good at it, to be honest.
Gene Luen Yang
I general don't color my stuff - I'm pretty horrible with color. Usually, I'll get one of my cartoonist friends to help me out.
Gene Luen Yang
A lot of Asians and Asian-Americans have liver problems. If you basically ask anybody who is Asian, they or one of their relatives will have some sort of a liver issue, and the liver actually falls into the jurisdiction of the gastroenterologist.
Gene Luen Yang
Writing, for me, is very inspiration-dependent. And inspiration can be a jerk.
Gene Luen Yang
Comics are such a powerful educational tool. Simply put, there are certain kinds of information that are best communicated through sequential visuals.
Gene Luen Yang
I think every time you work with another collaborator, there's an adjustment process where you figure out the other person's strengths, and that has definitely happened for me.
Gene Luen Yang
If I'm writing about a modern-day suburb, there's going to be details of the home and furniture, and if I'm writing about a historical period, those details, those pieces of the world are going to be there as well, but they'll be simplified, because I'm cartooning it.
Gene Luen Yang
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