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The author chronicles the lives of three generations of Chinese men in America, woven from memory, myth and fact. Here's a storyteller's tale of what they endured in a strange new land.
Maxine Hong Kingston is the daughter of Chinese immigrants who operated a gambling house in the 1940s, when Maxine was born, and then a laundry where Kingston and her brothers and sisters toiled long hours. Kingston graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1962 from the University of California at Berkeley, and, in the same year, married actor Earll Kingston, whom she had met in an English course. The couple has one son, Joseph, who was born in 1963. They were active in antiwar activities in Berkeley, but in 1967 the Kingstons headed for Japan to escape the increasing violence and drugs of the antiwar movement. They settled instead in Hawai‘i, where Kingston took various teaching posts. They returned to California seventeen years later, and Kingston resumed teaching writing at the University of California, Berkeley.
While in Hawai‘i, Kingston wrote her first two books. The Woman Warrior, her first book, was published in 1976 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award, making her a literary celebrity at age thirty-six. Her second book, China Men, earned the National Book Award. Still today, both books are widely taught in literature and other classes. Kingston has earned additional awards, including the PEN West Award for Fiction for Tripmaster Monkey, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the National Humanities Medal, which was conferred by President Clinton, as well as the title “Living Treasure of Hawai‘i” bestowed by a Honolulu Buddhist church. Her most recent books include a collection of essays, Hawai‘i One Summer, and latest novel, The Fifth Book of Peace. Kingston is currently Senior Lecturer Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley.
This is an imaginative telling of family tales and myth. Part memoir, part historical novel, it is fun to read, informative, and entertaining!Published 1 month ago by Caroline Sdano
An idiosyncratic mix of history and family stories, with some of the best prose, sentence for sentence, you'll find on any topic, Kingston sought to position her family against the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alexander Chee
Maxine Hong Kingston blends myth, fantasy, personal memoir, and history into this challenging examination of the Chinese immigrant experience in America. Read morePublished 4 months ago by AYJ
good book to read for any Asian american person growing up and wanting to learn more about their old culturePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
It was interesting but not my style of writing. There were chapters I found I liked better than others.Published 11 months ago by Marisa Knecht
Gave me nightmares, I am from the 60's and the flashbacks were not worth it. What is sad is this is required for foreign students to read so they get a better understanding of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kathy M
no missing pages inside, completed cover pages, no highlights, notes, underlines, stain, or folding, yellow pages, your perfect used book.Published 19 months ago by Qi Zeng