When I was growing up, the predominant genre in comics was superheroes, and superheroes are all about dual identities. It’s all about a character negotiating between two different worlds, a superhero world and a mundane world. And I think a lot of immigrants’ kids—not just Asian-Americans—can sympathize with that, even on an unconscious level. A lot of us grew up in two different worlds, two different cultures, two different names, two different aliases, and maybe that is part of the appeal, too.
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