Maxine Hong Kingston


Born
in Stockton, California, The United States
October 27, 1940


She was born as Maxine Ting Ting Hong to a laundry house owner in Stockton, California. She was the third of eight children, and the first among them born in the United States. Her mother trained as a midwife at the To Keung School of Midwifery in Canton. Her father had been brought up a scholar and taught in his village of Sun Woi, near Canton. Tom left China for America in 1924 and took a job in a laundry.

Her works often reflect on her cultural heritage and blend fiction with non-fiction. Among her works are The Woman Warrior (1976), awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and China Men (1980), which was awarded the 1981 National Book Award. She has written one novel, Tripmaster Monkey, a story depicting a character
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Average rating: 3.77 · 48,416 ratings · 3,056 reviews · 32 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Woman Warrior

3.73 avg rating — 22,293 ratings — published 1975 — 36 editions
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China Men

3.71 avg rating — 1,582 ratings — published 1980 — 14 editions
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Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake...

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3.51 avg rating — 932 ratings — published 1989 — 9 editions
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The Fifth Book Of Peace

3.58 avg rating — 328 ratings — published 2003 — 10 editions
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I Love a Broad Margin to My...

3.72 avg rating — 188 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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The Woman Warrior/China Men

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3.93 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 1977
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Hawaii One Summer

3.93 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 1998 — 4 editions
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To Be the Poet

3.57 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
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Veterans of War, Veterans o...

4.45 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
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No Name Woman

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“In a time of destruction, create something.”
Maxine Hong Kingston

“This is the most important thing about me--I'm a card-carrying reader. All I really want to do is sit and read or lie down and read or eat and read or shit and read. I'm a trained reader. I want a job where I get paid for reading books. And I don't have to make reports on what I read or to apply what I read.”
Maxine Hong Kingston, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book

“I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.”
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

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