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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts

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Publisher Comments:

A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts growing up in America within a tradition-bound Chinese family, and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghosts of the present.

Synopsis:

"'No name woman' originally appeared, in slightly different form, in the January 1975 issue of Viva"--T.p. verso.

Synopsis:

A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have shaped her identity.

About the Author

Maxine Hong Kingston is the daughter of Chinese immigrants who operated a gambling house in the 1940s, when Maxine was born, and then a laundry where Kingston and her brothers and sisters toiled long hours. Kingston graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1962 from the University of California at Berkeley, and, in the same year, married actor Earll Kingston, whom she had met in an English course. The couple has one son, Joseph, who was born in 1963. They were active in antiwar activities in Berkeley, but in 1967 the Kingstons headed for Japan to escape the increasing violence and drugs of the antiwar movement. They settled instead in Hawai‘i, where Kingston took various teaching posts. They returned to California seventeen years later, and Kingston resumed teaching writing at the University of California, Berkeley.

While in Hawai‘i, Kingston wrote her first two books. The Woman Warrior, her first book, was published in 1976 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award, making her a literary celebrity at age thirty-six. Her second book, China Men, earned the National Book Award. Still today, both books are widely taught in literature and other classes. Kingston has earned additional awards, including the PEN West Award for Fiction for Tripmaster Monkey, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the National Humanities Medal, which was conferred by President Clinton, as well as the title “Living Treasure of Hawai‘i” bestowed by a Honolulu Buddhist church. Her most recent books include a collection of essays, Hawaii One Summer, and latest novel, The Fifth Book of Peace. Kingston is currently Senior Lecturer Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

No name woman — White tigers — Shaman — At the Western Palace-- Song for a Barbarian reed pipe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307759337
Subtitle:
Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Kingston, Maxine Hong
Author:
Maxine Hong Kingston
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Chinese Americans -- Biography.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Chinese americans
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
History
Subject:
Family
Subject:
California
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1989
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
209

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Biography » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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