American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
I first encountered Gene Luen Yang when his comic Prime Baby was serialized in The New York Times. It was, quite frankly, adorable—a little sci-fi tale about a young boy coming to terms with his baby sister and her ability to spit out pods filled with the most helpful and cheerful aliens known to man. The art was simple and appealing, the characters fantastically human, and the jokes were funny. I think you can still read it here—I highly recommend it. So when I saw American Born Chinese on the graphic novel shelf at my local library (why yes, my local libraries are awesome), I decided to take it home.