On a Mission, Episode 8: Gene Yang


Gene Yang

Gene Yang is a Bay Area native, author, and teacher. While teaching computer science at the Catholic high school where I now teach he also casually wrote an award-winning graphic novel, American Born Chinese. It was a finalist for the National Book Award in the category of young people’s literature. It did win many awards outright. Let me list them: the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award, the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, the Publishers Weekly Comics Week Best Comic of the Year, the San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, the 2006/2007 Best Book Award from The Chinese American Librarians Association, and Amazon.com Best Graphic Novel/Comic of the Year. He also received the MacArthur fellowship in 2016.  

His most recent comic is Superman Smashes the Klan – as in the Ku Klux Klan – for DC Comics. 

Find links to his more than 26 books and comics at the link on my website: molleendupreedominguez.com

Not only is he an accomplished author; he’s also a person of faith, and his faith influences his work today. Listen in to hear about his vocational journey from nerdy, Dungeons & Dragons-playing kid, to questioning college student, to computer programmer, high school teacher, and now full-time comic book author. He talks about his decision to stay Catholic as an adult and take responsibility for his faith. 


Links & Resources from this episode:

Gene Yang’s website

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