The Woman Warrior
A Chinese American woman tells of the Chinese myths, family stories and events of her California childhood that have shaped her identity.
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The book itself talks of the China of her parents (she was born in the US after her father emigrated in 1940) using th ...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 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
MHK takes the reader on an entrancing journey, mixing memory with legend and creating a novel really unlike anything I've read before. It was a really compelling look at Chinese culture and at her own experiences growing up as a daughter of Chinese immigrants. It was especially interesting because I could see aspects of my own family experience in MHK's stories, even though I have generations removed and fro ...more
This sums up the focus of Maxine's memoirs: the cultivation of a hyphenated Chinese-American self in a world full of ghosts! Can she do it without a hitch? Without struggling to cope with the conflicting demands of family, school and society?
This book starts out conglomerating Chinese culture and people and ends in a similar fashion. If colleges really want to teach about Asian-American or Chinese cultures and life, I don't understand why they'd pick a memoir so ...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 thought this book was amazing! So fantastic! Kingston instantly draws you in with her first line (above). I loved her story about being a Chinese-American and trying to find a culture that fit her. I would read this book for the first two chapters alo ...more
After experiencing Kingston’s writing in China Men two months back, when I saw the opportunity to read The Woman Warrior next, I was excited to begin reading. The premise of China Men didn’t appeal to me as much and, perhaps because of that, it was slightly boring for me, but The Woman Warrior was a much better read now that I knew what to expect from Kingston.
The Woman Warrior does what China Men did best, which is to blend and fuse fact with fiction with an expertise I’ve only exper ...more
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
This was very very instructive, I can't tell you how many things I've learned about Chinese culture, myths and legends. Loved the parallel between fiction/non fiction. It's definitely a super important feminist book you should read to understand the world a bit more and to expand your mind on these things. It's a book about constructing identities and figuring out what things you want to take with ...more
I think the last story was my favourite. Something about the narrative voice and idea of speech and identity really stuck a chord with me. It was quite amazing.
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
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