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Centuries of adaptations, however, have recalibrated focus away from the character of the monk to spotlight his Monkey disciple: "As a cultural icon, Monkey is loved as much for his rambunctious behavior in Heaven as for his maturation into a heroic Buddhist disciple." (7) As seen in Maxine Hong Kingston's Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (1990), Gerald Vizenor's Griever: An American Monkey King in China (1986), and Patricia Chao's Monkey King (1997), the Monkey King archetype of Promethean subversion has a long tradition of American adaptation.
Gerald Vizenor a Native American writer and member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe has more than twenty-five books to his credit including Griever: An American Monkey King in China. He is a recipient of the New York Fiction Collective Prize and an American Book Award.
The futility of taking arms against oppression is again inadvertently suggested by Vizenor in his second novel, Griever: An American Monkey King in China, published in 1987.
He sees both characters as "allegories of survivance," capable of transformations that enable them to "forever outwit evil gamblers and authoritarian cultures." Griever de Hocus, he says, "in this sense of trickster cousinry, is the American Monkey King in China" (Vizenor and Lee 122).
Griever: An American Monkey King in China (1987) is the story of an exchange teacher's struggle with the Chinese bureaucracy.
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