Kingston, Maxine Hong

Kingston, Maxine Hong, 1940–, American writer, b. Stockton, Calif., grad. Univ. of California, Berkeley (1962). The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she explores the experience of living astride two different cultures in much of her work. Her first book, The Woman Warrior (1976), is part family history, part myth and folktale. China Men (1980) is a collection of stories about the discrimination faced by immigrant Chinese men. Her other works include Tripmaster Monkey (1989), To Be the Poet (2002), written mainly in verse, The Fifth Book of Peace (2003), and I Love a Broad Margin to My Life (2011), a memoir in verse. She edited Veterans of War, Veterans for Peace (2006), a collection of prose and verse rooted in writing workshops she gave for veterans.

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