The Woman Warrior : China Men (Hardcover)

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Here-for the first time in one volume-are two classic, brilliantly original works on the experience of Chinese immigrants in America. In both books Maxine Hong Kingston mines her family's past and her culture's stories, weaving myth and memory to fashion works of enormous revelatory power.
THE WOMAN WARRIOR: MEMOIRS OF A GIRLHOOD AMONG GHOSTS, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, is Kingston's disturbing and fiercely beautiful account of growing up Chinese-American in California. The young Kingston lives in two worlds: the America to which her parents have emigrated, a place inhabited by white "ghosts," and the China of her mother's "talk stories," a place haunted by the ghosts of the past. Her mother, who had been a doctor in China but in the United States is reduced to running a laundry, tells her daughter traditional tales of strong, wily women warriorstales-that clash puzzlingly with the real oppression of Chinese women. Kingston learns to fill in the mystifying spaces in her mother's stories with stories of her own, engaging her family's past and her own present with anger, imagination, and dazzling passion.
CHINA MEN," a National Book Award winner for fiction, is Kingston's unforgettable imaginative journey into the hearts and minds of generations of Chinese men in America, from those who worked on the transcontinental railroad in the 1840s to those who fought in Vietnam. Mixing vivid fables and legends, personal stories from her own family, and details of the historical hardships faced by Chinese immigrants in different times and places, Kingston illuminates their long, arduous search for the Gold Mountain.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400043842
SKU 39973472
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1400043840
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1.3T
Author Info
Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon, an only child, was raised a devout Catholic. Her B.A. is from Barnard, and she has an M.A. in writing from Syracuse University (1973). Her first novel, "Final Payments" (1978), was an enormous popular and critical success. Like that novel, much of her subsequent fiction explores themes of faith and gender.
Maxine Hong Kingston was born to immigrant parents in California soon after her father's laundry business failed. Her mother had been a physician in China, but in America the family was desperately poor; Kingston's parents worked as servants and fruit pickers during her childhood. Caught between her Chinese home life and the surrounding American culture, Kingston was a shy, quiet child. She graduated from Berkeley in 1962, and two years later was certified as a teacher. She taught math and English, then moved with her husband and son to Hawaii, where she continued to teach. She published her acclaimed and influential autobiography, "Woman Warrior", in 1976. She has also written fiction, and has been named a "Living Treasure" in Hawaii.
Praise
"The themes in Hong Kingston's memoir will appeal to readers from many backgrounds, for they are woven through with myth and longing....Each of the five sections of the book paints vibrant and amazingly original portraits of women--women in distress, women triumphant, women who sing, women who talk-story, women who bring shame to their clans, women who leap into wells. They are the author's family: her mother, aunts, grandmother, herself--and the women of legend she grows up hearing about who inspire and frustrate her at the same time because she can't live up to them.
From the Publisher
Annotation Maxine Hong Kingston writes about the bonds as well as the conflicts between women in Chinese-American culture--how the traditional Asian way of life is transformed in the new world for better and for worse. In the process, Kingston tells the story of her life, her coming of age, and her assimilation into American culture.
Editors Note A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts growing up in America within a tradition-bound Chinese family and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghosts of the present in The Woman Warrior and describes the Chinese experience in the U.S. through incidents from her childhood, the history of early Chinese immigrants, and Chinese myths and tales in China Men.
Editors Note 2 A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts growing up in America within a tradition-bound Chinese family and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghosts of the present in The Woman Warrior and describes the Chinese experience in the U.S. through incidents from her childhood, the history of early Chinese immigrants, and Chinese myths and tales in China Men. 12,500 first printing.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0584
Publisher Everyman's Library

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