Next Meeting: Thursday, December 9th at noon and Friday, December 10th at 7:30am – The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Maxine Hong Kingston’s memoir mixes dreams, legends, and reality in her depiction of a young girl’s struggle with living between her parent’s home land and America, a land of ghosts.  The role of ghosts in Chinese culture is briefly outlined an entry in the China Culture website, which is hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.  The site states that ghosts are often depicted as young women and that “young women in traditional societies are rarely endowed with much power, and malignant powers are only summoned with keen hatred and a desire for revenge. The more badly one is wronged, the more powerful he or she becomes after death.”  This reminded me of the story of the aunt in the “No Name Woman” chapter.

Although The Woman Warrior is an older book, it received a renewal of recognition in 2007, around the time when Kingston released her book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. Bill Moyer interviewed Maxine Hong Kingston on PBS’ Bill Moyer’s Journal, which is available online.  The same year author Diana Abu-Jaber recorded an short essay about the significance of The Woman Warrior in her life, for NPR’s series “You Must Read This.” Similarly, Jonathan Yardley wrote a review looking back on The Woman Warrior in the Washington Post in 2007.

For more information about Maxine Hong Kingston, visit her Gale Author Biography or check out her Facebook Page (maintained by Kingston’s publisher).

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