The debut of Chinese Superman in DC Comics
Asian American Gene Luen Yangis one of the creators.
Recently, DC Comics announceda new superman in comics show. The new superman is totally different fromthe previous ones, his name is Kenji Kong, a 17-year-old young man from Shanghai, and he inherits superman strength.
"Everyone in the world knows superman, andwhat superman passes is a concept that passes beyond nationalityand cultural barriers." comic novelist Gene Luen Yang said in the interview with NBC News, "We want to tell a story about superman concept, but this time we use different forms of culture. The readers need not worry about where the superman grew up, but they must understand the meaningsthatsuperman represents. "
Gene Luen Yanghas created a lot of works that explore Asian identity, including American Born Chineseand the recentThe Shadow Herowhich have created a lot of distinctiveAsian Americans, and he hopes that his works can change the stereotype of Asian Americans. Gene Luen Yang is descendantof Chinese immigrants, the creation of "Superman" story is an opportunity for him to explore the immigrant experience, and he also discusses this experience in his creation of comic anthologySecret Identities.
Gene Luen Yangsaid that the idea of Asian Superman was first put forward byJim Lee, the cooperation issuer of DC, and the creator in chief Geoff Johns, they invited Gene Luen Yang to finishthe character design, and then he created this Asian Superman. ForGene Luen Yang, this means the creation of an authentic image of Chinese people.
"The name Kenji Kongwas proposed by my mother." Gene Luen Yang said that, “I'm sure I'm handy in the creation of the role of AsianAmerican, because I myself am an Asian American. But the creation of a Chinese characteris like to create a character imagein another culture. This requires me to do more work, and interview more people who havereal life experiences in China."