As a person grows older, the more they are aware of their desire to fit in, but they also come face-to-face with the fight of self-acceptance. Self-acceptance, the act of recognizing one’s strengths and weaknesses, talents and capabilities, and providing their own self respect. People who understand the concept of self-acceptance, question if what they do actually have that kind of acceptance. Although Yang and Shipp both demonstrate the importance of self-acceptance, Yang uses graphic imagery and tone whereas Shipp uses metaphors and informal diction in order to reach out to the audience. Yang uses graphic imagery to portray the importance of self acceptance. In the text it shows the transformations of the Monkey king and Jin. Monkey wants to be a human and with his powers he is able to do that (Yang 58) Jin constantly wants to be a different person and eventually he does get his wish to come true (Yang 194-198) They do turn back to their original form after accepting themselves as who they are (Yang 213-214) Yang also uses a consoling tone towards Jin as he finally accepts himself. The text states, “You know, Jin, I would have saved myself from five hundred years, imprisonment beneath a mountain of rock had I only realized how good it is to be a monkey (Yang 223)” This shows how Monkey King came to accept himself and is advising Jin to do the same. Ship uses metaphors to demonstrate the importance of self-acceptance. In the text it states, “Basically, every villain in no of time falls into one of seven distinct classes: Ghosts, ninjas, pirates, robots, vampires, zombies, and puppies (Shipp 41)” These metaphors are used to describe people who bring other people down, to not be a target one would need to learn and accept themselves.Shipp also uses informal diction to reach out to the younger audience. The text states, “We need to understand each other before we go any further: I operate in one way and one way only- always in your face, but on your side (Shipp 3)” This informal diction is a good way to approach teens about a topic that is important. Although both authors use different techniques to approach the theme, they both get their point across the reader’s head. At the end of American Born Chinese, Jin accepts himself (Yang 231), which is an accomplishment being being a minority and constantly getting picked on it’s easy to want to change but that doesn’t mean it’s right. Shipp leaves the reader with the option to accept or to not accept yourself, but it’s obvious that people would choose to accept themselves (Shipp 282) Although Yang and Shipp both demonstrate the importance of self-acceptance, Yang uses graphic imagery and tone whereas Shipp uses metaphors and informal diction in order to reach out to the audience. These books targets a certain audience in which self-acceptance is a bigger problem, teenagers. Books like these intend to help people make the fight of self-acceptance easier to win. In a modern society, where standards are way high up, it’s easy to want to fit in but people end up losing themselves along the way. People might want to fit in, but fitting and comes with pressure, a pressure they don’t want so it’s better to learn to love and accept one self.