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Donald Duk Paperback – January 1, 1991
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Whew! That was quite a rant :) Back to the review:
Frank Chin is NOT Amy Tan. On the surface, "Donald Duk" presents itself as a light-hearted, comedic read. In fact, the entire premise of this novel seems silly, as do the characters. However, beneath the surface lie some serious questions about culture, identity, and racism. With its rich portrayal of history and culture, "Donald Duk" challenges the abundant stereotypes and misrepresented histories often present in American culture. Paired with Chin's vibrant and crisp writing style (It took me a few pages before I warmed-up to his style, but once I did I was hooked), the end result is a novel that manages to be eye-opening without being preachy. A feat that is seldom accomplished. I don't say this often, but I love this book. "Donald Duk" is an entertaining, albeit important, novel that should be introduced to more readers.
Donald is a 12 year old boy living in the streets of Chinatown in San Francisco. His life experiences are similar to the stereotyped foreigner. He gets made fun of by the Chinatown bullies, leaving him with no self-respect and dignity for himself. He realizes the stereotypical aspects of American-Chinese and it drives him to unhealthily hate himself. I think the message of this book can reach out to so many people who are in similar situations with their social life.
The novel puts Donald in a period of life where self image starts to become an important thing. I could really connect to this because around the same period of my life, this was also important. He wants to just be American so bad that he has negativity for all things Chinese. Hatred is found in several ways including food, culture, and way of life. He hates the weird foods; he hates the embarrassing, easy to baffle names including his. Donald is constantly being made fun of by his ridiculous link to the Walt Disney Donald Duck. Even his mother's name is Daisy. He even hates his uncle who performs Chinese opera seldom at him school; imagine that. Even his best friend appreciates the culture more than he does. Basically he would do anything to be anything but Chinese. I know I've been so ungrateful at times.Read more ›
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It's ok, I guess. I had to read it for a college class...a COLLEGE class. Pathetic. It's really for a much younger reader...like elementary!Published on December 2, 2013 by Paula Prentice
I go to a catholic High school, and just read Frank Chin's "classic" in my sophmore English class, took quizes, tests, and an essay. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Jbedgood
This book is one of the best Asian American coming of age novels I've ever read. Frank Chin understands the struggle of identity that every Asian American male has to go through. Read morePublished on June 19, 2011 by TwisterCricket
I think a lot of people will find this book hard to get into, and hard to maintain interest in. Perhaps the main reason of this is because of the way Frank Chin tells his story,... Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by book_thief
pretty interesting but a kind of bad ending. the book has an interesting beginning though.Published on January 3, 2007 by tanner powers
Frank Chin uses 3rd person to go through the novel. What? Is he trying to question our competancy? It's and incredibly dull and boring book and is about a boy who dislikes being... Read morePublished on August 6, 2006 by chiirioz
this book was good. it was interesting to read. it has 2 messages that i found.Published on March 26, 2006
I detest this book. I through it out immediately after I was forced to read it for class. Never read it. The best review that I can give is: Piece of sh*t. Just don't read it.Published on August 13, 2004 by S. Templeton
I read this book in my freshman Foundations to Literature Class in high school. From the first page, I found this book incredibly boring. Read morePublished on May 11, 2004