What is American Born Chinese (TV) About?
American Born Chinese is an innovative series that mixes contemporary high school life with the rich tapestry of Chinese mythology. The protagonist, Jin Wang, is an average teenager attending high school and encountering the usual social challenges. His life takes an unexpected twist with the arrival of a new student, Wei-Chen, who serves as the catalyst for Jin's involvement in a mythic conflict. As he tries to maintain a balance between his immigrant family life and the pressures of American high school, he finds himself caught up in a larger-than-life battle between legendary beings from Chinese folklore, like the Monkey King and the goddess Guanyin. These mythological elements are intricately woven into Jin's story, reflecting his inner struggle with identity and acceptance. This cross-cultural series provides a modern spin on ancient myths, delivering action-packed sequences and heartfelt moments against the backdrop of a coming-of-age story. Premiered on Disney+ and based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, American Born Chinese adds depth to the fantasy genre through its exploration of themes such as self-discovery and cultural heritage.
The first episode of American Born Chinese aired on May 24, 2023 and the most recent episode to air was on May 24, 2023.