Maxine graduated from Berkeley in and married actor Earll Kingston the same year.
Growing up American, they struggled to ascertain what things in them were Chinese. How did Fa Mu Lan, the legendary woman warrior, compare with goddesses of the silver screen? The tensions among these traditions, paradoxical myths of female heroism, and everyday postwar America are the background of this sensitive memoir.
She gave birth to his child in a pigsty, as was the custom of country women in old China; they believed the gods, who did not snatch piglets, would be fooled.
The true punishment for No Name Woman was not the raid of her home by outraged villagers, nor her suicide. The true punishment, Maxine decides, was silence. The family deliberately forgot her. But fifty years later, the nameless woman still haunts Maxine. Nevertheless, ancient Chinese legends taught that a girl failed if she grew up merely to be a wife or a slave instead of a swordswoman.
She tells the story of the woman warrior as if it were part of her own girlhood—as indeed it was. An elderly couple tutored Fa Mu Lan for fifteen years, training her to survive barehanded among tigers, as well as to understand the ways of dragons.
She learned to make her mind as large as the universe, to allow room for paradoxes. Her parents carved on her back oaths and the names of persons who had wronged her family.
Then, assembling a joyous army, she rode to battle. They took food only when there was plenty for all.
Wherever they went, they brought order. She carries his child, gives birth on the battlefield, and then sends the baby home to her family. After living this tale, Maxine reflects that her drab American life is a disappointment. In school, she is awkward and shy.
At home, she balks at the old prejudices, casually repeated by her loving family: These unresolved tensions have created ambivalent feelings in the author, as she readily admits. The entire section is 2, words.The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts is a book written by Chinese American author Maxine Hong Kingston and published by Alfred A.
Knopf in The book blends autobiography with what Kingston purports to be old Chinese folktales, although several scholars have questioned the accuracy and authenticity of these .
A short Maxine Hong Kingston biography describes Maxine Hong Kingston's life, times, and work. Also explains the historical and literary context that influenced The Woman Warrior.
In The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston tells us that long ago in China there was a knot "so complicated that it blinded the knot-maker." It was outlawed by the emperor, but Kingston says, "If I lived in China, I would have been an outlaw knot maker" ().
Maxine Hong Kingston begins her search for a personal identity with the story of an aunt, to whom this first chapter's title refers. Ironically, the first thing we read is Kingston's mother's warning Kingston, "You must not tell anyone what I am about to tell you.
The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (). Maxine Hong Kingston () “California-born author, resident in Hawaii as a schoolteacher, wrote (), a The Woman Warrior partly fictional work about her girlhood as it was affected by the beliefs of her Chinese family, and China.
Quest for Identity in Maxine Hong Kingston's Autobiography, The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston's autobiography, The Woman Warrior, features a young Chinese-American constantly searching for "an unusual bird" that would serve as her impeccable guide on .