The woman warrior

“I feel that all this Twittering and social Facebook is better than nothing,” Kingston said, “but we really must have some time when we are physically in the same space and able to look directly into each other’s eyes and perhaps touch each other.”

Because, she says, everyone has a story to tell. “When you take an ordinary life and go deeply into one’s own history,” she says, “that’s when the most incredible myths and stories come up.”

Maxine Hong Kingston.   Story here.


3 thoughts on “The woman warrior

  1. Maxine Hong Kingston paved the way for other Asian-American women writers, Amy Tan being one of them. Back in the day, there was not much available in the English language fiction market that addressed the intersection of ethnicity and gender among women of color. She, like Alice Walker and Toni Morrision, broke a literary barrier.

  2. you mean she exploited her own heritage to set a precedent for other young asian american female writers to pen weepy shit for mass consumption (see patricia chao, fae myenne ng et al). it’s depressing. not much variety out there. gish jen might be the rare exception of a female APA writer who achieved relative acclaim without resorting to motherlanding english and who actually infuses humor in her writing.

    woman warrior didnt really break any barriers, kingston barely skimmed the surface, but her “narrative” somewhat fit that sort of intersectionality critical theory was looking for at the time. in other words, she lucked the hell out. i dont see any contenders for her throne, not really wondering why.

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