The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts - Research Article from Literature and Its Times

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by Maxine Hong Kingston

Born in Stockton, California, in 1940, as a first-generation Chinese American, Maxine Hong Kingston grew up under the sometimes competing influences of Chinese and American cultures. As both a female among Chinese and as a Chinese American among other ethnic groups, she found herself devalued and limited in her opportunities. Her memoir The Woman Warrior includes contrasting images of female power and female oppression. Published in a decade that saw the growth of an active women's movement in the United States, Hong Kingston's memoir was immediately embraced by the feminist community.

Events in History at the Time the Memoir Takes Place

Gold Mountain. When the Woman Warrior opens, it refers to the 1924 emigration of Hong Kingston's father from China to Gold Mountain in California. The destination, by then, had...

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