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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts Paperback – April 23, 1989
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The anti-feminist backlash this novel seems to elicit (e.g., on this review page) should be testimony to how provocative it is, and how many assumptions it can challenge.
As for it being a misrepresentation of Chinese culture, well, it's a subjective account. It's the culture through Maxine's eyes (and her family's eyes); it is not meant to be an objective anthropological study. And I did not find it at all exoticizing. In fact, it's a shame that MHK often gets mentioned in the same sentence as Amy Tan -- beyond the superficial similarity of both being Asian-American women, they have little in common. MHK does none of the silly exoticization that AT does, and at least to me, does not engage in the "Asians must be rescued by Western culture" ideology of AT. This is ultimately a personal, autobiographical account, that is neither judgmental nor self-pitying.
This memoir is intense, mystical, introspective, and full of marvelous and unexpected twists and turns. If you haven't yet read it, now's your chance.
Language provides Kingston an avenue into rebellion and strength and yet at the same time, through her language, she inevitably separates herself from her traditions and heritage. Throughout her memoir, Kingston struggles to assert her own identity and liberate her voice. "I shut my mouth, but I felt something alive tearing at my throat, bite by bite, from the inside" (200). This soreness within her throat grows with time along with the need to not only release her identity, but furthermore, to share this identity with her mother. "Maybe because I was the one with the tongue cut loose, I had grown inside me a list of over two hundred things that I had to tell my mother so that she would know the true things about me and to stop the pain in my throat" (197). Kingston needs her mother to help release the language inside her.Read more ›
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Had to read this book for school. Was a little bit of a hard read, but I did enjoy most of it.Published 1 day ago by Darcy kubat
This book came in a timely manor and was a great read. The stories can be read separately and each carry their own meaning, but are still cohesive and all relate back to the main... Read morePublished 1 month ago by paige
A slim yet rich book, as much about writing, speaking, language, silence, and shame as about growing up first generation Chinese-American. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rebecca Hunter
The first two short stories were awesome but the setting and phrasing was pretty old school, which is fine but not my taste.Published 6 months ago by Anna