On Discovery Summary
"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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Maxine Hong Kingston Biographies (5)
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Maxine Hong Kingston (born 1940) is one of the first Asian American writers in the United States to achieve great acclaim for both her nonfiction and fiction. With her vivid portrayals of the magic of...
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Called "the most influential Asian American author of the twentieth century," by Keith Lawrence and John Dye, writing in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Maxine Hong Kingston has made the Chinese...
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Biography EssayOne of the most outspoken contemporary feminist writers, Maxine Hong Kingston states in her autobiographical book The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976), "The swor...
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Maxine Hong Kingston easily is the most influential Asian American author of the twentieth century. Kingston's first book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts (1976), was an instant ...