Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 235–249 | Cite as

Complicating Culture and Difference: Situating Asian American Youth Identities in Lisa Yee’s Millicent Min, Girl Genius and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time

Original Paper


This review situates how culture, difference, and identity are discursively constructed in Millicent Min, Girl Genius and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, two award-winning books written by critically acclaimed Asian American author Lisa Yee. Using contextual literacy approaches, the characters, cultural motifs, and physical settings in these texts are deconstructed to explore the nuances of Asian American youth identities that intersect along the lines of class, gender, and race. This review ends by offering teaching strategies for explicating Asian American young adult literature to critically investigate the representations of Asian American counter-narratives, experiences, and youth cultures.


Asian American Asian American young adult literature Chinese American Multicultural literature Representations 



I wish to acknowledge and thank Dr. Violet J. Harris from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the CLE reviewers for providing such helpful feedback on this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana, ChampaignUSA

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