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Maxine Hong Kingston

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the-woman-warrior-maxine-hong-kingston The Woman Warriorby the Numbers Year Kingston received the National Humanities Medal Years between Kingstons fathers arrival in the United States and the arrival of her mother Medical specialties Kingstons mother was proficient in, listed on her diploma from medical school in China Year Kingstons home burned down, the fire destroying the only copy of her just-finished book 1991 1997 15 11 Kingston is the eldest daughter of a scholar and a doctor who ran a laundry business when they emigrated from China to the United States. Her novels and memoirs, including The Woman Warrior and China Men, explore Chinese American culture and immigrant issues. MAXINE HONG KINGSTONBORN 1940 Author Themes Main Characters Female Roles Chinese girls are seen as undesirable and Chinese women as slaves and wives—but also warriors. Voice The author is silent as a child but then reveals a strange voice; she hates the silent Chinese girl in class. Chinese American Culture Ghost stories are prominent, girls are still expected to get married, and life revolves around work. Maxine Hong KingstonImaginative author and narrator Brave OrchidMaxines proud, accomplished mother; vivid storyteller Moon OrchidBrave Orchids nervous, awkward sister No Name WomanMaxines unknown, mysterious aunt; committed suicide Fa Mu LanLegendary Chinese woman warrior The Old CoupleFa Mu Lans mystical trainers Set both in 1930s China and postWorld War II San Francisco, The Woman Warrior relates Maxine Hong Kingstons memoirs of her mothers last years in China and her own childhood in the familys laundry business. Her stories combine reality and legend, exploring what it means to be a Chinese woman—a blend of tradition and modernity. Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts SYMBOLS Little Dog Symbolizes the prevention of evil spirits from taking childrens lives Woman Warrior Represents the power of womento rescue their families Ghosts Represent legends in China and in Chinese American communities, as well as alienation from Americans ou must not tell anyone,” my mother said, what I am about to tell you.” Narrator, No Name Woman Sources: Boston University Arts & Sciences Writing Program, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Mochi, National Endowment for the Humanities, SF Gate Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc. Maxine Hong Kingston 1976 English Novel Author Year Published Original Language The Woman Warrior Memoir

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