Gene Luen Yang Awarded 2016 MacArthur Fellows Genius Grant, Worth $625,000

The MacArthur Foundation announced the 2016 MacArthur Fellows awards today, commonly known as the "genius grants".

And this year's class includes comic book creator Gene Luen Yang of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, Avatar:The Last Airbender and New Super-Man.

He and  22 other Fellows will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant each for their exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their fields. The sum will be paid out over five years.

His work is cited thus,

Gene Luen Yang is a graphic novelist and cartoonist whose work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people. Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens.

Photo by John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Photo by John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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