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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1975)

by Maxine Hong Kingston (Author)

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Another annotation for Dr. Walling's class in library school. This was a really good read.

"A Chinese-American woman grapples with separate cultural textures embedded in her childhood. As she relates tales of her family's multi-generational roots in China and America, her resentment of Chinese stigmas imposed on women grows fiercer. In reaction, she sculpts her own set of mores, distilling ancient ways with modern enlightenment." ( )
  S.D. | Apr 4, 2014 |
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  alienhard | Mar 26, 2014 |
The misunderstanding, angst of a young Chinese American girl. Her parents immigrated shortly before WWI, but strictly maintain their cultural rules of child rearing, until their older children start school and come home with 'new' ideas. The girl, the youngest of a large family is pulled between two cultures. She manages to adapt, by misleading her mother, presenting the face of a good Chinese maiden, but learning how to become a modern American woman. ( )
  siubhank | Sep 25, 2013 |
I'd like to discuss this book with my mother, and see what she makes of it. ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts was first published in 1975 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976. It was also named by Time Magazine as one of the top nonfiction books of the 1970s. It is Maxine Hong Kingston’s memoir about being raised in California by her Chinese immigrant parents, and it is an interesting blend of nonfiction, Chinese folktales and feminist themes. Kingston uses the stories of five women, while integrating her own memories of her childhood, to write a book about the ways in which she and other women stood up to traditional, patriarchal Chinese culture. It is also the story of a young Kingston trying to reconcile the Chinese culture she was raised in, with the American culture that she is also a part of...

Read more: http://btweenthecovers.com/2011/06/29/the-woman-warrior/ ( )
  Heather_BTC | Jul 27, 2012 |
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Kingston, Maxine HongAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Evenari, Gail K.Author photographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lai, Chi-YeeCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Woman Warrior is a pungent, bitter, but beautifully written memoir of growing up Chinese American in Stockton, California. Maxine Hong Kingston (China Men) distills the dire lessons of her mother's mesmerizing "talk-story" tales of a China where girls are worthless, tradition is exalted and only a strong, wily woman can scratch her way upward. The author's America is a landscape of confounding white "ghosts"--the policeman ghost, the social worker ghost--with equally rigid, but very different rules. Like the woman warrior of the title, Kingston carries the crimes against her family carved into her back by her parents in testimony to and defiance of the pain.

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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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