The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. It was a really compelling look at Chinese culture and at her own experiences growing up as a daughter of Chinese immigrants. There is no resolution, only the story and its scarred traces. She said I would grow up a wife and a slave, but she taught me the song of the warrior woman, Fa Mu Lan. I would have to grow up a warrior woman. Ghosts have no memory anyway and poor eyesight.
The stories are highly imaginative; the narrative flows with wondrous elements of magical-realism. The struggle of Kingston's aunt—a woman who gives into a dangerous sexual passion and then is cast out by her village—is likened to the struggle of Kingston herself, who is attempting to make sense of the old customs and traditions—which she knows only from her mother—in a vastly different country. What did they learn that protected them? She has only vague memories and imaginations of such a community that serve as a backdrop for the goal she seeks in strengthening her identity in relation to her ancestral and cultural makeup. I found the rituals performed during this raid to be interesting. In another, her aunt harbors a slowly blossoming passion, attempting to attract a man's attention by carefully tending to her appearance. Kingston also exposes the unfair discrimination against women in traditional Chinese society when she discusses how sons are celebrated more than daughters. Maxine Hong Kingston received the National Book Award for this book in 1977 and remains a feminist activist.
My family had deemed me old enough to sit still and show more interest in trying to answer questions than eating the plastic pie wedges. She explains that her mother usually invoked stories from her homeland of China to teach life lessons. Girls would no longer have to kill themselves rathe than get married. She jumped into the family well. They now live in Oakland.
They believe if there is one of the woman in their society having adultery will cause their society would also be in a big trouble and disgrace the society and have to be outcast from their society. There is in all family systems a specifically institutionalized method of integration of new members, though the rigidity of the system and the sphere of action covered by it may vary enormously. Kingston believes that her aunt decides to kill herself and her baby together in order to spare the child a life without family or purpose. What we have in common are the words at our backs. The way female infanticide, lack of formal education, foot binding, early marriage, rigid social norms played out in lives in China certainly limited the options of women yet they are portrayed as the title of the book suggests, warriors. This woman she admires and fears and at times feels rejected and hated by, whose behaviour is a mystery to her because she refuses to explain anything, seems to expect her to raise herself Chinese in barbarian America, a land of ghosts. The Woman Warrior combines Kingston's memoir of growing up in the U.
Maxine Hong Kingston received the National Book Award for this book in 1977 and remains a feminist activist. This book, more than any othe An excellent book. This is presumably because the book, while grounded in truth, does not maintain a clear boundary between reality and fantasy. Is it the aunt's fault that she was born, raised, and lived in a society that didn't let her choose her sexual partners? I am amazed by the dramatic differences that time and culture impose upon attitudes toward adultery. The result is a braided story that binds women's lives across time and culture, a half-tested guide-rope though hostile environments. Kingston said of Walt Whitman's work, I like the rhythm of his language and the freedom and the wildness of it. Kingston speculates further that her aunt may have taken some pride in her personal appearance and expressed her individuality.
It's one of the best memoirs I've ever read, marked by sensitivity, sorrow, unresolvable conflict transformed into a breathtaking work of art, an epic canvas unrolling intricacies and intimacies that made me miss my tube stop, get the wrong train, mix up bus routes, so absorbed was I by the character of Brave Orchid, the narrator's mother. No Name Woman is attacked because her action — adultery, confirmed by pregnancy — threatens socially accepted behavior tacitly enforced through centuries of tradition. Featuring notable Asian American authors such as and , it explored Kingston's life, paying particular attention to her commentary on cultural heritage and both sexual and racial oppression. Or maybe her aunt just wanted sex. Reinforces the fact that she is socially awkward. The narrator puts aside her rape theory to imagine her aunt as a freely sexual woman, who groomed herself carefully in order to attract attention from men.
The teachers ask his parents to speak only English in the home. But her depiction of Asianness is so damn annoying. This is an intensely personal book which constitutes Maxine Hong Kingston's own experimental attempts to work through and figure out her identity. What is Chinese tradition and what is the movies? Virginia broke through constraints of time, of gender, of culture. What confused me about the book was that the title calls it a memoir, but parts of it are fiction. Kingston reveals how she spent years dwelling on the story her mother gave her. We say that your father has all brothers because it is as if she had never been born.
I know an author has creative license, especially with a memoir, but the realistic chapters placed next to fantasy ones made the book too disjointed for me and I couldn't get into it. Parallel to this self-care project of making images she can inhabit and revision herself through, run the narratives through which she constructs her mother's humanity and inner life, gradually building images of her she can make sense of and feel for. I cannot imagine any person, much less a community, that would punish a family in such an inhumane manner as the raid described in the story. Women were not allowed to own property or file for divorce. Her mother trained as a midwife at the To Keung School of Midwifery in Canton.