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The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
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Apr 18, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: school, poc, pretentious-book-is-pretentious

I remember... not really liking... this book back when I read it for school. It seemed to represent everything I dislike about Asian American fiction--namely, that a Chinese American memoir *had* to include overblown details about Chinese legend in order to make it "authentically Chinese." Uh, no, kung fu girls evil Mongol warriors does not a Chinese person's story make. And you wonder why Asian American writing is still so undeveloped when this book is held up as the paragon of Chinese American memoir writing.

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