Parents' Guide to

American Born Chinese

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Tween drama/fantasy mashup celebrates Chinese culture.

TV Disney+ Action 2023
American Born Chinese TV Poster: A Chinese teen boy is surrounded by mythological creatures

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The fun conceit and superb acting make American Born Chinese a great family watch. Everything Everywhere All at Once stars Yeoh and Quan shine alongside star Ben Wang. The high school and family "real life" scenes are fairly subtle, without the eye-roll-inducing cliches of many tween-oriented shows. Fantasy scenes can be a bit cheesy with some subpar special effects and weird monkey/human makeup. That said, there's a lot of heart to the show with its message of self-acceptance and working through family conflict.

While some of the second-generation Chinese immigrant storylines are familiar, they are textured and fully fleshed out. The show fully celebrates Chinese culture, and the fantasy element centers Chinese mythology and religion. American Born Chinese is a fun watch for any fantasy-loving families with tweens.

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