Comic Book: Double Happiness
Double Happiness is a comic book by Jason Shiga.Upon coming to San Francisco, Tom meets up with his cousin, Jackson, who offers to let Tom stay at his place in Chinatown. Tom's initial excitement turns to frustration when he realizes that he doesn't fit in with his Chinese-American relatives any better than he did with the whites back in Boston. In response, Parker and his friends take it upon themselves to teach Tom the language and the finer points of Chinatown culture.Life is looking pretty good... and then everything comes crashing down, hard. Tom ends up with a crowbar in his hand and a choice to make.It was once available on Shiga's website but has sadly been taken down.
This comic book and provides examples of:
- Fish out of Water
- Foreshadowing: "You haven't seen me backed into a corner," and "Cheer up man. At least your face isn't horribly disfigured."
- Friendly Local Chinatown
- Grotesque Cute
- Hands-On Approach: How to properly use chopsticks.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- Montage: Tommy's training in Hokkien and Chinatown culture.
- Mood Dissonance: Holy crap.
- Mood Whiplash: Holy crap.
- Mukokuseki: The thugs who attack Tom look kinda like skinheads, but they're actually supposed to be Tongs.
- Outside Inside Slur: The (Chinese-American) protagonist complains that he's "such a twinkie".
- Slice of Life
- The Triads and the Tongs: Tom accidentally gets involved in this.
- The Whitest Black Guy: Tom (a Chinese American from Brooklyn) moves in with some relatives from San Francisco's Chinatown. He's distressed to realize how little of the culture he understands—he doesn't even recognize which language his relatives are speaking (it's Hokkien). He is, unfortunately, too Chinese to fit in back in Brooklyn, yet too white to fit in here in Chinatown. "I'm such a twinkie!" Fortunately, his relatives are happy to teach him how to fit in.