The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

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

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Born in California to immigrant Chinese parents, Kingston was educated at the University of California at Berkeley. Kingston soared to literary celebrity upon the publication of her autobiographica The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts (1976). The Woman Warrior is dominated by Kingston's mother; her next work, China Men (1980), although not autobiographical in the manner of her previous book, is focused on her father and on the other men in her family, giving fictionalized, poetic versions of their histories. The combination of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and myth in both books create a form of balanced opposites that one critic has likened to yin and yang. Her first novel, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, was published in 1989.
Published September 1, 2010 by Vintage. 225 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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I was so offended by their blatant stereotyping that I did not read the book until three years later, when I began serious research into Asian American literature, then merely a nascent subarea in an emerging subfield—ethnic American studies—in the field of American studies.

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