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On Discovery Summary
Maxine Hong Kingston

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"On Discovery" was first published in 1980 in Maxine Hong Kingston's second book, China Men, Along with another vignette, "On Fathers," "On Discovery," serves as a prologue to the family stories and histories contained within the volume. A blend of history, fiction, myth, and autobiography, China Men is a companion volume to Kingston's groundbreaking 1976 work, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts. The story of a Chinese sojourner, or traveler, who makes several ironic discoveries in his search for an Idealized America called Gold Mountain, "On Discovery" was highly acclaimed, as was the rest of China Men. Nominated for the 1980 Pulitzer Prize, China Men won both the American Book Award and the National Critics Circle Award.

Born in Stockton, California to Chinese immigrants, Kingston often integrates autobiographical elements with Chinese myths and fictionalized history to explore cultural conflicts confronting Americans of Chinese descent. Her work draws upon several...

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