Maxine Hong Kingston

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Maxine Hong Kingston


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


Best known works, including The Woman Warrior (1976) and China Men (1980), of American writer Maxine Hong Kingston combine elements of fiction and memoir.

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 Awar
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Average rating: 3.76 · 62,911 ratings · 4,358 reviews · 38 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Woman Warrior

3.73 avg rating — 29,432 ratings — published 1976 — 39 editions
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China Men

3.73 avg rating — 1,849 ratings — published 1980 — 14 editions
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Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake...

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3.54 avg rating — 1,033 ratings — published 1989 — 8 editions
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The Fifth Book Of Peace

3.56 avg rating — 355 ratings — published 2003 — 10 editions
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I Love a Broad Margin to My...

3.72 avg rating — 241 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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Hawai'i One Summer

3.88 avg rating — 165 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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No Name Woman

4.07 avg rating — 145 ratings
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The Woman Warrior / China Men

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3.92 avg rating — 123 ratings — published 1977
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To Be the Poet

3.53 avg rating — 90 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
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Veterans of War, Veterans o...

4.44 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
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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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