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Preview — The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
The Woman Warrior
The Swordswoman of Words
The Woman Warrior is Maxine Hong Kingston's own story of growing up Chinese-American, an irreconcilable position for her as the two cultures would seemingly clash, unable to provide her with a stable sense of identity. She grew up confused by the ideas and behavior of her parents and the villagers who had settled in Stockton, California, who saw their American-born children as very strange - not really Chinese. Her parents hoped one day to return the whole family ...more
When looking at the three woman warrior figures in the book – her aunt, the No Name Woman; the rewritten legendary warrior in “White Tigers” (based upo ...more
the poor 90's.
the themes are obvious: mother/daughter relations are difficult. merging cultures is difficult. trying to find your voice is difficult.
i do, however, commend the merging of genres, because the whole fiction/non-fiction thing is pretty ridiculous in my opinion. (is it not all fiction?) the narrative gives way from "memoir" ...more
A classic work for young Americans struggling to bridge generational differences both cultural and in general.
I also really enjoyed the way the concept of tradition was handled. On the one hand, Hong describes the all reaching confucian patriarchy that shaped women's lives in China. The way female infanticide, lack ...more
The Woman Warrior is a pungent, bitter, but beautifully written memoir of growing up Chinese American in Stockton, California. Maxine Hong Kingston (Review
Maxine Hong Kingston grew up in two worlds. There was "solid America," the place her parents emigrated to, and the China of her mother's "talk-stories." In talk-stories women were warriors and her mother was still a doctor in China who could cure the sick and scare away ghosts, not a harried and frustrated woman running a
In The Woman Warrior, we meet a child who is trying to negotiate between the sane and the insane, between the story and the reality, between myth and history, between a Chinese Fresh-of-the-Boat (FOB) culture and the mixed American culture with all its differences. She is shaped as much by t ...more
The story of the no name woman is probably the strongest story emotionally for me. Kingston uses this story to, in a way, frame the ...more
Seriously, if I hadn't had to study this book for Lit, it would have gone straight into the bin.
The ideas were interesting and I loved the way Hong Kingston played around with myth and biography and history and memoir and allegory and all that sort of stuff.
But the issues the book centres around are so depressing. Kingston regales us with traumas and disappointments and upsets page after page after page. Her depiction of Chinese culture is so negative, you start to wonder whether ...more
The unfamiliar parts of the novel, those regarding Chinese mythology, an area that I know very little about, where somewhat challenging at first. Indeed the book begins with a dream sequence that is a little disorientating ...more
I'm sorry, Maxine. I really wanted to dig your boo ...more
I honestly must say that I'm not sure if I liked the book, but I reall ...more
Long story short, I liked 4 out of the 5 sections of this book. The first, No Name Woman, was my favorite, and I think it works best as a standalone. I didn't much care for White Tigers, which is where fiction is most strongly blended into this nonfiction piece. Shaman and At the Western Palace were both strong, and I loved delving more into the mother's and aunt's lives. A Song for a Barbarian-Reed Pipe was, I thought, good up until the very end, which I didn't completely get. ...more